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August 16, 2010


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Peggy Cartwright
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
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For Immediate Release


FALL SEMESTER COMMENCES AT CHAFFEY COLLEGE

(Rancho Cucamonga, Chino & Fontana) The fall semester began today at Chaffey College. A total of 17,549 students were enrolled in classes on the college three campuses. This number reflects a decrease of 2,133 (11%) students from the fall 2009 semester.

Budget limitations have caused college officials to reduce offerings, cut back on services, and think creatively about how to serve students. Providing the best educational opportunities remains the focus. The college increased the number of course offerings from 1,781 (spring 2010) to 1,821 this semester. The additional 40 sections are foundation courses (reading, mathematics, and English) needed to prepare students for college-level coursework.

"Student success it our goal," stated Dr. Henry Shannon. "We will continue to provide educational opportunities to our students and offer as many transfer, career technical, and basic skills courses as possible," he said.

The college is experiencing a higher demand of students. This increase may be due to the economic challenges, high unemployment, and the need for additional training. All of the 1,821 sections are full and many have waitlists. The culture of taking four or five classes has changed and students are satisfied with being able to enroll in one or two classes.

Students that attend the Chaffey College Rancho Cucamonga campus account for 15,187 students are enrolled in classes in Rancho Cucamonga. The college's Fontana Campus has 2,198 students attending classes, with the Chino Campus reporting 3,439 students.

Chaffey College is a community college offering two-year degrees and transfer courses for students pursuing a baccalaureate degree. Chaffey also offers excellent occupational training for those pursuing professional development.


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