NW-SCC fall enrollment moving on up

Distance education only students up 32% this fall

Distance education only students up 32% this fall

MUSCLE SHOALS & PHIL CAMPBELL, — Northwest-Shoals Community College (NW-SCC) enrolled 3,757 credit students for the fall 2016 semester, which was an increase of 57 students, or 1.5 percent, from final fall 2015 figures (3,700).

The 3,757 credit student headcount is an unofficial student census following the registration of all dual enrolled high school students. Credit student enrollment does not include students who may be auditing a class or enrolled in non-credit workforce training courses.

According to NW-SCC President Humphrey Lee, the key to growth is listening to area students. “We’re excited about the increase,” said Lee. “We really hope to build on this moving forward. We have to continually listen to the needs of students in our area and deliver programs that meet those needs.”

NW-SCC reports significant enrollment increases over fall of 2015 in Distance Education, Electrical Technology, Health Studies (Emergency Medical Services, Medical Assisting, Nursing, etc.), Business Administration and high school dual enrollment.

Students taking distance education only, increased 32%

Electrical Technology students increased approximately 49%

Business Administration students increased 21%

Health Studies students increased 10%

Dual enrolled students increased approximately 29%

“We can really see a change in the culture of the way our students are preferring to take courses,” stated Tom Carter, Assistant Dean of Admissions/Financial Aid/Recruitment. “They want to do what best fits their lifestyle and work schedules. It is our job to make sure we offer them the tools and do everything we can to help them be successful.”

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