Taft College enrollment has surged again.

Overall headcount as of Friday at the end of the first week of the fall semester topped 3,000, nearly 18 percent over last year’s 2,616.

Of the total, 1,296 are enrolled full-time – taking 12 or more units of credit classes.

“We could hit 1,300 next week,” student services administrative secretary Debbie Hegeman said on Friday. 

That’s a 27 percent increase from a year ago when the full-time number was 1,019 – a record.

Numbers are up in every enrollment category.

In non-credit courses the comparison is 176 this year compared to 142; students taking .5-5.5 units total 860 compared to 779; those enrolled in 6-11.5 units total 740 compared to 676; and those enrolled full-time total 1,296 compared to 1,019.

Total head count was 3,072.

The numbers won’t translate to additional state revenue because the state budget did not include any growth funding for community colleges.

Taft College usually gets a last-minute enrollment surge from Bakersfield and other Kern County communities, but this year the campus won’t be able to accommodate them by opening up new sections of courses.

“We won’t be able to do that this year,” said Henry Yong, vice president of instruction.

TC took a $1.5 million revenue cut from the state, but was able to absorb much of that thanks to a healthy reserve account.

“We’re doing everything we can to structure things in a way so it won’t affect students,” Supt./Pres. Willy Duncan said.

But this year, once courses reach their maximum capacity, some students may find themselves on the outside looking in.