Several Central Coast community colleges started their Fall class schedules Monday including Allan Hancock College in northern Santa Barbara County, Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo County and Hartnell College in Salinas.
Hancock is reporting an 8.5 percent jump in first time students and an overall increase of 0.6 percent.
At Cuesta, nearly 700 recent high school graduates in the county are taking advantage of the school's new Promise Program that provides a fee-free first semester. The college estimates that to be a $700 value.
At press time we were unable to obtain current enrollment figures from Hartnell.
Classes at Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) start next week.
(Programming note: Hear SBCC President Lori Gaskin on Issues and Ideas, Wednesday, August 20 from 1-2:00 p.m.)