Good Economy Blamed For Recent Drop In SRJC Enrollment

The good economy is getting the blame for bad times at California’s junior colleges. Santa Rosa JC President Frank Chong says enrollment is down about 20% at his campus alone since 2011 when the job market began recovering from the recession. He tells the Press Democrat it’s a problem at colleges statewide because jobs are plentiful, so fewer people are motivated to go to school. After spending millions in bond money to create what he calls “the campus for the next generation”, SRJC has been forced to cut faculty and programs. Chong also blames Sonoma County’s declining school-age population and the high cost of housing.