■ Chronicle News Service
New students Leah Dubow and Roger Williams were able to get all of the classes they needed at Mt. San Jacinto College (MSJC). They are two of the 15,640 students who headed to one of MSJC five locations on Aug. 14 – the first day of the fall semester.
MSJC connects more students to classes they need using its auto-enroll feature for those who are waitlisted. The college’s Institutional Research Department estimated that the student headcount will be close to 18,200 by the end of the term, which includes both credit and noncredit students.
“My first day isn’t as stressful as I expected it to be,” said Dubow, an 18-year-old Temecula resident who is attending the Temecula Education Complex. Dubow plans to pursue an associate degree in psychology and was pleased to attend a campus so close to home.
At the Menifee Valley Campus, Williams, 18, of Wildomar, is a full-time graphics design student. He hopes he will be auto-enrolled in even more classes where he is currently waitlisted.
Hemet resident Latisha Carbajal decided to give college a chance and will attend classes at the San Jacinto Campus, where her daughter is also a student. Carbajal says she felt encouraged to attend with her daughter.
“I always wanted to attend college but never gathered the nerve to do so,” said Carbajal, 45.
There is still time to register for classes at MSJC. The college will offer “late-start” classes that begin in the coming weeks. Seats are open in a variety of classes students need to transfer to four-year universities, complete their associate degrees or earn career certificates.