More than a million dollars is available to Bakersfield College, an amount the college hasn't seen in years due to school budget cuts.
But school officials say in order to get all the money, they need nearly a thousand
more students to enroll by summer.
Administrators say with an additional 50 courses in core subjects, students won't have to be wait listed and they will have the opportunity to graduate on time.
"Right now, there's money out there, ready for us," said Amber Chiang, spokeswoman, Bakersfield College. "We just have to add some students and really make sure we're providing the education that the community needs.
Seventeen thousand students walk the campus at Bakersfield College. But by summer, school officials hope to increase that number to nearly 18,000.
"This is an opportunity, unlike what we've seen in the last 3 or 4 years where we've been cutting courses and it's been hard for existing students to get classes," said Chiang. "Right now, this college is open and ready to serve anyone who is looking for a higher education."
Chiang says the school could get $1.6 million this year from the state, which would fund all additional courses.
She says the passage of Prop. 30 last year plays a role in funding.
"Bakersfield College follows a cycle that goes along with California's economy and right now the budget cuts are starting to come down to an end," continued Chiang. "We're at the bottom of that sort of decline that we've experienced, we're moving back up again and trying to get more students in."
Evie Gamble is a student at BC and says she's been struggling to get classes.
"I couldn't graduate on time because of the wait lists," said Gamble. "There were a lot of classes that I needed for general education and was not able to get into them due to the wait lists and so that put me behind."
"They now have the opportunity to move off wait lists into new sections of classes that were previously closed. Fifty classes in core areas like English, math and science, are now available," added Chiang.
Chiang says the state pays the college per student and if the college doesn't meet the enrollment requirement, it's not known how much money it will receive.
There will be a registration event at BC on April 27 for current or new students looking to get classes this summer and fall.