CCC bookstore bustling

CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Joella Gerzon, left, of Clovis shops for school supplies Monday at the Clovis Community College bookstore with her daughter. The store sold out of flash drives, according to bookstore officials.

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer

Sarah Kraft and Michael Pino sat on a couch in the main lobby Monday at Clovis Community College stuffing the books they bought from the bookstore into their bags.

Kraft, 22, of Portales said she needs to take more psychology classes to get into graduate school, but needed to take those classes in between taking care of her toddler and finding a job.

“That was the big sell for me (to come to CCC), having a more flexible schedule,” she said.

Pino, 23, of Portales said he is majoring in education and is taking as many classes as he can at CCC.

“I’m planning right now just to come here for a while and get the education classes out of the way,” he said.

He said he started at Eastern New Mexico University but likes CCC better.

“I like the layout of the campus,” he said. “It’s more my style.”

The first day of fall classes at Clovis Community College started Monday, which led to a hectic day at the school’s bookstore, according to assistant supervisor Mary Ann Prior.

She said more than 500 students lined in front of three cash registers throughout the day to buy supplies for the semester.

Aside from books, the most popular item this semester have been flash drives.

“They’re doing away with the floppies,” she said. “About half of the people that came in today bought them.”

Prior said the store ran out of two-gigabyte drives.

She said the bookstore will open an hour later the first week of school.

“We expect to be busy for the next couple of days,” she said.

Registration and enrollment will continue until Friday.

“Nothing’s closed out,” CCC president John Neibling said. “We still have plenty of space for more students.”

Neibling said enrollment seemed to be increasing as he visited some classes during the day.

“I think we’re doing a little bit better,” he said. “We had a good turnout today.”

About 2,500 registered for classes last week, according to vice president for institutional effectiveness David Caffey.

By the numbers

50 — Students enrolled in cosmetology classes

126 — Students enrolled in allied health programs

500 — Approximate number of customers who bought items at the bookstore

Important dates
Friday — last day to add/drop classes.
Sept. 4 — last day for full refunds.