Around the Country, Community College Enrollment on the Rise

By February 23, 2009Education and Training

Repeating an exercise from earlier in the month, a review of news stories about community college enrollment…

Deseret News, Utah, “College enrollment up in down economy“: “Salt Lake Community College witnessed the biggest change this year, coming out 2,580 students ahead of last year.”

WEIS Radio, Alabama
, “GSCC PRESIDENT SAYS ENROLLMENT SKYROCKETING“: “According to Dr. Daryl Harrison, the President of Gadsden State Community College, enrollment has skyrocketed for the spring semester, and has presented a problem finding classroom space. Harrison said there were more than 700 students this spring, and some of have previously been students at four year colleges and universities.”

Bay City Times, Michigan, “Depressed economy leading more students to community college“: ” Delta’s winter semester set a 16-year record last month with 11,034 registered students, 10 percent more than the same period in 2007, when 9,999 students registered….Recession was a factor in 1992-93 for the record then. This semester’s figure just missed the college’s all-time high.”

WKTV, New York,Economy Has Many Going Back To School“: “The souring job market, and rising unemployment are forcing more qualified professionals into the unemployment line. To get out of it, some are heading back to local colleges. Adult enrollment at Mohawk Valley Community College is up more than 100 students over this time a year ago. Officials say the number will likely go up ..as we get closer to summer.”

Grand Island Independent, Nebraska
, “With economy down, CCC enrollment is up“:”Central Community College apparently is gaining enrollment, due in part to the sluggish economy….Greg Smith, president of the 25-county Central Community College area, said that would put CCC in line with what is happening at most other community colleges across the area….’Community colleges run countercyclical to the economy,’ he said. ‘When people work less, they often use their time to take college classes.'”

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