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CCC reports drop in enrollment numbers

There will be in-person classes for the Fall of 2020 at CCC
There will be in-person classes for the Fall of 2020 at CCC(CCC)
Published: Sep. 3, 2020 at 5:15 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Central Community College announced they’ve seen a decrease in enrollment for the fall semester. The total college-wide enrollment for the 2020 fall semester is 5,695, which is down from 6,212 students at the start of the 2019 fall semester. The total is made up of 2,440 on-campus students and 3,255 remote learning students.

They anticipated more people to sign up for classes after the first few weeks. The CCC president is crediting part of the dip to the lack of high school recruiting last spring and summer.

“We sometimes have some increases when unemployment is higher because people come to college to get retrained or reeducated in a new career,” Dr. Matt Gotschall said. “But we also are aware we’re going to have some decreases because traditionally we work with about 2000 high school students who might be getting started on college classes.”

There are plans in place this spring to reach out to high school students to make sure they sign up for classes. Even with the lower enrollment, the campuses are seeing an increased interest in business and trade classes.

“So some of those programs that are hands on and are working in our essential career areas are seeing some increases even though we’ve been seeing some decreases in some of our traditional academic transfer for general education courses,” Gotschall said.

He also said now is a good time as any to get back to school and train for a new career.

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