There are 25,000 Orange Coast College students poised to start courses on August 30th, and I feel for them. What a summer it's been for transfer students registering for classes at the local community colleges. And, what a week it's been for our clients who feel desperate about the frustrating consequences of the state's horrendous budget situation.
New this year, Orange Coast College is implementing a waitlist system with the goal of easing the time-consuming process of online class registration for fall semester courses. Just as in the past, students are assigned a registration appointment time based on…wait, let me call OCC to double check on this.
I'm now on hold going on 10 minutes after hearing the initial greeting "You've reached the Orange Coast College answer center. Due to extreme state budget cuts, you may experience a longer than expected wait time." Once the gentleman comes on the line, I will ask how the registration times (or what others colleges call "ticket numbers") are selected. If the student is eligible for Extended Opportunity Programs and Services, they get the golden ticket.