Community College Enrollment Falls from 2008 Peak

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Enrollment is falling at California community colleges while some schools struggle to find qualified math instructors.

The Sacramento Bee reports the recession brought community colleges in the state to peak enrollment in 2008 at 1.8 million students. That figure is now below 1.6 million, and officials credit an improving labor market as well as the discouragingly long lines and crowded classes during the 2008 peak.

Yuba Community College District officials say they are struggling to find qualified instructors in high-demand core classes like math. Sierra Community College District could not find enough instructors to offer more summer math courses.

The Los Rios Community College District spokesman says officials want to add science instructors after additional math and English faculty were hired this year.

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