Enrollment Up: Students Converge on Mesa College for Fall Classes

The campus is bustling, classes are filled, and parking is (almost) a breeze at San Diego Mesa College.  The largest of three colleges in the San Diego Community College District enters its third week of classes with an enrollment increase of two percent over fall 2006. Mesa has an average annual student count of more than 21,000 students.

“Mesa continues to be the college of choice for traditional students who successfully transfer to four-year institutions,” said Mesa College President Rita M. Cepeda. “We are also seeing a great demand for our expanded career and technical training programs –Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Radiologic Technology, Allied Health careers, and Hospitality programs – that respond to industry needs.”

Among the largest community colleges in California and the nation, Mesa College is a fully accredited, two-year college offering 160 Associate Degree and certificate programs.

According to an annual survey of the national 1,200 community colleges conducted by Community College Week, Mesa College ranks second in the region -- and 100th in the nation -- in the number of students graduating with an associate degree. Mesa College also ranks 33rd in the nation in the number of Asian American students graduating with associate degrees.

Earthmovers Ready for Construction of New Parking Facility

Students entering the Mesa College campus this fall encountered construction equipment and earthmovers as the campus realigns the entrance of Mesa College Drive to ready for groundbreaking of a new parking structure and police substation. Directing traffic and leading students to open parking spaces were trained ACE parking attendants.

Many students opted for the free parking and shuttle service available at Kearny High School.  “It’s going even better than expected,” said Vice President of Administrative Services, Ronald Ballesteros-Perez. “Students are using the free shuttle service, getting to class on time, and construction is running smoothly and on schedule.” Construction of the parking facility  is expected to be completed in January 2009 and is made possible by the Proposition S bond measure passed by San Diego voters in 2002. 

Applications are still being accepted for fall semester. A second 8-week session of late-start classes is scheduled to begin mid-October. For more information or to register, go to www.sdmesa.edu or call 619-288-2682.

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