After seeing nine years of enrollment decline, the North Carolina Community College System reported in February an increase in new students.
The college system announced the uptick on Feb. 12 in a statement, highlighting some of the enrollment gains.
According to the statement, the college system’s enrollment grew by 4.4% last fall.
“It means more people are on their way to meaningful careers and brighter futures,” Community College System President Peter Hans said in the statement. “It means more people are recognizing the value and quality of a community college education.”
The overall college-enrollment increase equates to a 9.4% jump of short-term career courses and a 3.8% hike in the traditional degree programs.
The college president believes that enrollment increases are linked to several factors, but specifically noted local innovations, a renewed focus on workforce training, and a marketing campaign to promote the higher-learning institutions, according to the release.
The statement also said that the student-enrollment increases were experienced at 53 of the 58 community colleges.
“With a small investment of time and money in these programs, students can begin a rewarding new career that can sustain them and their families,” Hans said.