The effects of the California budget crisis are being felt by community college students around the state and Butte College is no exception. The college has made reductions to close a $6.5 million shortfall in funding for the upcoming 2011-2012 academic year. In reaction to the state budget crisis, Butte College has been forced to cut 70 courses from its Fall 2011 semester. Reductions to service levels have also been made. Additionally, the College will not offer a Winter Session in January 2012.
These state imposed budget cuts come at a time of unprecedented demand for access to education at Butte College and enrollment trends reveal a significant increase in the pace of enrollments for Fall 2011 compared to last year. As a result, those students who have yet to begin the enrollment process for the Fall 2011 term are unlikely to find open courses in which they can enroll.
“We are deeply concerned about the negative impact that the state budget crisis will have on our students and our community,” said Clinton Slaughter, Butte College Director of Admissions. “We continue to make every effort to provide the best possible education and supportive services that funding will allow. We appreciate everyone's patience and are hopeful that the economy will improve and that we will be able to restore access and services as it does.”