7-9-2021 – CCC&TI sees steady increase in enrollment numbers

Posted on: July 9th, 2021 by admin


July 9, 2021



By Carmen Boone cboone@newstopicnews.com

Jul 9, 2021 Updated 11 min ago



Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute continues to see steady increases in enrollment numbers since 2013.


In the past three years, there has been over an 8% increase in enrollment. This summer, there has been more than a 4% increase from last summer, going from 937 students to 978.


The continual increase in summer enrollment is due mainly to the change in start date, moving it to after Memorial Day, that happened a couple years ago, college President Mark Poarch said.


“We were seeing some university students that wanted to take classes with us but were unable to because the start date happened prior to when they arrived home,” he said. “Starting later has been helpful for increasing enrollment that way.”


Another reason is due to Career and College Promise, a program that allows high schools students to take classes at the college for free to work toward their associate’s degree. The number of students in the program went from 158 last summer to 176 this summer.


“We have motivated high schoolers trying to advance their studies,” he said.


Poarch also said that new programs and new technology on campus has drawn new students to the college as well.


“The carryover from this summer gives us great momentum going into the fall,” he said. “The increase in numbers we are seeing now, we hope, will indicate what the fall will look like.”


The main impact of having larger enrollment numbers should be felt in the local workforce, he said.


“More students are getting through programs and going into the workforce,” he said. “Preparing students for jobs after they leave here serves the needs of the community.”

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