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SCC Seeing Record Enrollment

West Burlington, IA – Enrollment is up at Southeastern Community College. The increase is being seen in several groups of students.

Joan Williams is Vice President of Student Services for SCC. She says the head count is up 10% and total credit hours are up 11%, compared to the 2008 fall semester.

Williams says SCC is seeing an increase in online students and in high school students taking dual-credit courses. She says there are also more part-time students taking 1-2 classes, as opposed to full time students taking at least 12 credit hours.

Williams says more students are coming to SCC for arts and science programs and for general education courses as they are undecided on a major. She says SCC is seeing a decline, though, in the number of recently unemployed workers taking classes.

The enrollment increase goes beyond the current semester. Williams says SCC's enrollment from July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2009 was the school's largest in terms of head count and second largest in terms of credit hours.

Williams says the additional students have led to full classrooms and parking lots and a greater emphasis on course scheduling.