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SANTA ANA COLLEGE el Don/eldonnews.org • MONDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2017 NEWS 3 CONSTRUCTION Demolition The Johnson Center is now closed and scheduled for demolition in mid to late 2018. The center was vacated over a year and a half ago, but multiple setbacks continued to halt progress. The music and theatre depart- ments had to relocate their classes to the Johnson Center on different occasions this year, after roof and ventilation complications caused the N Building to shut down in March and the Phillips Theatre was closed for repairs earlier this semester. A pipe in the Johnson Center burst in early September as well, forcing students to evacuate classrooms and causing water damage to the walls near the first floor’s staircase. According to Carri Matsumoto, assistant vice chancellor of facility planning and district construction and support services, the demoli- tion project was postponed due to rejection of bids, with demolition plans now on the schedule and waiting for approval. She estimates it could start as early as June 2018. —Dianna Mendoza DECLINE / Officials fear a decrease in funding as Santa Ana College sees student numbers drop for fifth consecutive year. ENROLLMENT / STORY AND PHOTO BY SABRINA ZAMORA STUDENT NUMBERS CONTINUE TO DECLINE A steady decline in the number of students attending Santa Ana College since spring 2012 has district officials concerned. College enrollment follows the condition of the nation’s economy. When the country is experiencing a downturn, there are more people enrolled in school. As the economy improves, fewer people attend school to work more. Overall, the economy has improved since the recession in 2008, in spite of a recent dip in 2015 and 2016 of almost 2 percent in market value, according to Statista, a leading company that collects data and information. “Declining enrollment is a budgetary issue. [Santa Ana College] could lose its large college status and state funding,” the Dean of Instruction and Student Services at Santiago Canyon College, Jim Kennedy said. According to the California Com- munity College Chancellor’s Office, a measure of student workload, known as an FTES, is used in determining the eligibility for state funding of communi - ty colleges. In 2010, during the recession, SAC en- rollment numbers increased from 31,786 in the fall to its first peak of 46,772 in the spring. The college hit its highest student count in spring 2011, with a headcount of almost 50,000. One year later, the number went down to 45,481 students. It dropped again by more than 10,000 by spring 2017, as shown by the CCCCO’s Enrollment Status Summary. “Fewer students is less demand, which means less classes,” Board of Trustees member Phillip Yarbrough said, after citing a 3.1 percent gross domestic product increase. To increase enrollment, SAC is adding more classes, with 238 units and 81 sections added to the business and chemistry departments for the 2018 fall, spring and intersession terms, according to a report read by SAC President Linda Rose at an October board meeting. There will be a final report for this academic year in June 2018. ONGOING ISSUES Enrollment Trends What’s an FTES? A Full-Time Equivalent Student represents a student enrolled in college with 12 or more units, or an accumulation of part-time units that add up to a full-time student. For the 2016-2017 school year, every FTES of transferable units earned about $5,000 in funding, while an FTES of non-transferable units earned about $3,000, as stated in a Rancho Santiago Community College District report.