MSJC Opens Fall 2016 Semester to nearly 15,000 students

Brian Winboro was able to get all of the classes he needed at Mt. San Jacinto College, including a biology class held on Fridays. He was one of the 14,852 students who headed to one of MSJC’s five locations on Aug. 15, 2016 – the first day of the fall 2016 semester.

The Murrieta resident, who plans to transfer to a four-year university in two years, said he is currently focusing on general education and the Friday biology class at the Temecula Education Complex was key to achieving his goals.

“I’m excited to start college,” the 18-year-old said. “The process was smooth, thanks to my mom and the MSJC employees.”

In addition to its robust class scheduling, MSJC is offering 44 Friday-only class sections this fall to better accommodate student needs.  MSJC has locations in San Jacinto, Menifee, the San Gorgonio Pass and two in Temecula: the Temecula Education Complex and Temecula Higher Education Center.

In San Jacinto, 20-year-old student Amber Thornburg said she is excited for the fall semester at MSJC with her friends.

“This semester I was able to get all my classes I wanted,” she said.

Like Winboro, Thornburg also enrolled in a Friday-only class. Along with her friends Clarissa Pacheco, Jasmine Tyson and Lorena Ortiz, Thornburg was among the throngs of students across the 1,700-square-mile district who purchased text books, squared away parking pass and ID requirements and began to reach their goals to earn associate’s degrees, transfer to four-year universities or earn career certificates.

Danny Ellison, who is majoring in science, was ready to start his classes at San Gorgonio Pass campus. He said he was practicing Spanish over the summer in anticipation of his Spanish class at MSJC.

On the Menifee Valley Campus, Ke Bai was undecided about his major but said he enjoys music and music production. He said he wasn’t so excited about education in high school, but MSJC is turning that around.

“I was not really the school type of person but, I feel this is going to be good for me” Bai said.

There is still time to register for classes at MSJC. MSJC will offer “late-start” classes that begin in October. Seats are open in a variety of classes students need to transfer to four-year universities, complete their associate’s degrees or earn career certificates.

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Mt. San Jacinto College students Clarissa Pacheco, Amber Thornburg, Jasmine Tyson and Lorena Ortiz gather together for the first day of the fall 2016 semester at MSJC’s San Jacinto Campus.

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Danny Ellison practiced Spanish over the summer to get a head start in his Spanish class at Mt. San Jacinto College’s San Gorgonio Pass Campus.

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Ke Bai said he is still considering his major, but is ready for classes at Mt. San Jacinto College’s Menifee Valley Campus.

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Brian Winboro said Mt. San Jacinto College employees at the Temecula Education Complex helped make his transition to college easy.