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JALC sees upswing in fall 2016 enrollment

(Source: Logan Media Services) (Source: Logan Media Services)

While enrollment in community colleges has been on the decline in recent years, John A. Logan College appears to be bucking that trend.

Enrollment for the 2016 fall semester was announced last week at 3,948 students, an increase of 16 percent over fall 2015.

Tim Williams, Dean for Student Services at Logan, said the staff has made a concerted effort to attract and retain students at the college.

“It’s gratifying to see our enrollment grow, and we’re not taking it for granted,” Williams said. “Over the past several months, we’ve really stepped up our recruiting efforts to attract as many students as possible...We’re making sure they know that they are our top priority.”

Williams said the enrollment numbers are up in the college’s programs across the board.

“We are up in our traditional baccalaureate transfer programs, and the numbers in our applied technology programs look especially strong,” he said. “Heating and air conditioning, automotive collision technology, electronics, cyber security, and others have shown tremendous growth. These programs are particularly important because they teach students the job-ready skills they need to go immediately into the workforce.”

Another area where Williams said he is happy to see growth is in the dual credit/dual enrollment program, which is up more than 20 percent from last fall.

“We’ve been working very closely with the counselors, administrators, and teachers at our in-district high schools to promote the benefits of the dual credit/dual enrollment program,” he said. “I think that increased cooperation is reflected in the numbers, and we expect them to continue to grow.”

John A. Logan College President Dr. Ron House said he is pleased with the efforts of the staff and believes enrollment will continue to improve.

“Our staff has worked nonstop to broaden our outreach to students and improve enrollment,” House said. “Despite the difficult financial environment in the state, they’ve pulled together and we’ve taken a step in the right direction."

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