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Record Enrollment at STC
Monday, 09 August 2010

August 9-  An unprecedented 22 percent jump in the number of students attending the state’s technical colleges has set a new annual enrollment record for the Technical College System of Georgia.

Dr. Cathy Mitchell, President of Southeastern Technical College, announced today that Southeastern Tech’s enrollment has increased by 9% with an enrollment of 3,255 in fiscal year 2010.

Dr. Mitchell expects this enrollment trend to continue.  “Southeastern Tech continues to offer a wide selection of programs that provide the skills that employers need in the workplace.  We involve everyone that works for STC in the recruiting process in order to get the word out to potential students.  Instructors develop a rapport with students before they even step foot inside a classroom by answering questions about a particular program and discussing career opportunities with them.  By having pertinent information up front when choosing a program of study, students are more likely to be successful and complete the program,” said Mitchell.  

The system’s 26 colleges enrolled 190,842 students in fiscal year 2010, which ended on June 30. The total smashes the previous record high enrollment set in 2009 by more than 34,000 students.

The surge in enrollment has been fueled in part by people who are either out of work or under-employed due to the stagnant economy. Those Georgians are turning to the technical colleges for training and skills enhancement in programs where the job outlook is more promising, like heath care, energy and the environment, information technology, and even entrepreneurial trades such as plumbers and electricians.

 


 
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