It was back to class Monday for students at Bakersfield College.
But, getting classes for the spring semester may prove to be a challenge.
94 fewer courses are on the schedule for this semester as compared to last spring. And, the number of students is also down more than six percent.
College officials say the drop in enrollment is due to the ongoing budget challenges.
"We're down to just over 15,300 students. Even just a couple of years ago we were pushing 20,000 students. So, California's budget cuts have really hit Bakersfield College hard, and we've continued to reduce courses. And, that, of course, is reducing our enrollment as classes get harder to find," said Amber Chiang, BC Spokesperson.
Chiang says while the majority of spring classes are full, you may find some openings if you're willing to be flexible.
That might include night and weekend courses, online classes, or traveling to the Delano campus.
The best thing to do right now is log onto www.bakersfieldcollege.edu
and click on "class schedule" to see a list of open classes.