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Enrollment Spikes at Community Colleges

By Catherine M. Welch

Wilmington, NC – Community colleges across the Cape Fear region say more students are enrolling than ever before.

Cape Fear Community College is reporting the largest student body in the college's history with 8,886 students enrolled for the spring semester.

CFCC says it's absorbing the growing number of students through larger class sizes and more hybrid online courses. The college is also building more classrooms at its downtown and Castle Hayne campuses.

And they're seeing more students over in Brunswick County, Community College President Steve Greiner says although construction's wrapping up on several buildings, it isn't keeping pace with growth.

"We were so excited to get these new buildings and new facilities and we actually have already outgrown the new classrooms and facilities that we have built. Since the bond was approved I think we've had a 48% enrollment increase."

Greiner says Brunswick Community College is renovating its Leland and Southport campuses and also using online hybrid courses to accomodate students.

Coastal Carolina College says the spring enrollment is the largest it's seen.

The colleges say the dismal economy is increasing demand for job training and keeping students in school longer.

Growth By The Numbers
Cape Fear Community College
Fall 2009 = 8,860 students
Spring 2010 = 8,886 students

Brunswick Community College
Spring 2009 = 1,385
Spring 2010 = 1,517 students

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