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Spring Enrollment is up at HCC

HCC President, Dr. Ervin V. Griffin, Sr., announced today that the spring 2009 enrollment has grown 11 percent over the spring 2008 enrollment. HCC’S spring 2009 enrollment is 1,447 students compared to the 1,304 students who enrolled during the spring 2008 semester. The enrollment increase for the spring 2009 semester also exceeds the enrollment of 1,377 for the fall 2008 semester by 5 percent.

According to Griffin, it is the best and worst of times for the community college to serve the region and the state of North Carolina. The enrollment increase at HCC is in line with most of the community colleges in North Carolina and also reflects the state of the economy in North Carolina and surrounding states.

“Even though our enrollment continues on an upward trend, the increases reflect the importance of providing training and workforce development programs for the students in the region. Consequently, as our enrollment is increasing, our budget to provide the programs and services needed is being reduced,” said Griffin.

The 1,447 enrollment for the spring 2009 semester breaks down as follows:

  • 73 percent - Halifax County; 20 percent - Northampton County; 7 percent other NC counties or out-of-state
  • 65 percent full time; 35 percent part-time
  • 34 percent males; 66 percent females
  • 69 percent enrolled in associate degree programs; 31 percent in diploma, certificate, or special programs
  • 10 percent enrolled in Huskins and Dual Credit programs
  • Ethic breakdown – 51 percent African American; 44 percent White; 6 percent other
  • Top associate degree programs in enrollment (Spring ‘09):
    • Associate in Arts/Associate in General Education
    • Nursing (RN and LPN)
    • Human Services Technology
    • Business Administration
    • Medical Office Administration
    • Early Childhood (Associate)
    • Industrial Systems Technology
    • Criminal Justice
    • Dental Hygiene
    • Automotive
       

The final headcount for the continuing education division for the fall 2008 semester was 5,190 students. This resulted in an unduplicated headcount of 3,316 students enrolled in continuing education and workforce development programs.

“It is our goal to stay focused on the importance of faculty and staff working together to remain visible in the high schools, businesses, and the community,” said Dean of Student Services and Enrollment Management Barbara Bradley-Hasty. “I believe being out there and inviting people to choose us will keep the college moving forward with an enrollment growth of five percent or higher. In 18 to 24 months, when our economy recovers, Halifax Community College should be positioned to receive additional enrollment growth funding.”