Things are looking up at the Sacramento City College Davis Center, which is adding several new courses, and restoring others that went on hiatus during the bleakest portions of the state budget crisis.
With last year’s passage of Proposition 30 (preventing further budget cuts to education) and the slow recovery of the state’s economy, funding for community college programs has stabilized. So now, students don’t necessarily have to get on a long waiting list to enroll.
“The good news is that there are seats still available for many of our courses that will start in January,” said Don Palm, dean of the Davis Center. “There are places for students now. For a while, during the last few years, it was way too tight. Now, students are able to put together a predictable schedule and enroll. And we’re bringing back some classes that we haven’t had for a while.”
Palm pointed out the new course in Digital Imaging — “It’s basically a hands-on introduction to the Adobe Photoshop software, which is useful in many careers,” he said.
“We also have a class in physical geography that we couldn’t offer before — it’s a lab science class, in an area that is really key for sustainability studies. We’ve now got cultural geography, physical geography and sustainability — three different courses,” Palm continued.
Instructors and classes that were slashed during budget woes also have returned with more to offer.
“We’ve expanded our anthropology offerings a little,” Palm said. “We’ve been able to bring back instructor Colin Moore to teach international relations (in the political science department) — he’s studied in Korea and South Africa, and has a Ph.D. from UC Irvine — a remarkable guy.
“And we’ve been able to expand our philosophy offerings and add a new course in ethics — from my point of view, that’s a big deal,” Palm added.
“We also have brought back our instructor for Persian, Afsaneh Daneshvar — she studied at Colombia. And we have a new course in mass media and society in our English department, taught by Diane Heimer, a first-rate instructor.”
Spring courses will start around Jan. 21; online registration is already underway. For information, go to http://www.scc.losrios.edu/About_SCC/Davis_Center.htm
“In general, our message is that now is a good time to come to college, and we’re really happy to say that we’ve got classes, and students can enroll in them,” Palm concluded. He added that enrollment is rising, with about 2,100 students in classes at the Davis Center this fall.
The Davis Center is in the West Village section of the UC Davis campus, at 1720 Jade St. The Davis Center can also be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and by phone at 530-747-5200. The office will be closed Dec. 24-Jan.1.