SPRING ENROLLMENT GROWTH IN DOUBLE DIGITS AT KCTCS

Maysville, Ky. Feb. 28, 2010 Spring enrollment growth is in the double digits at the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS). Preliminary figures show that the number of students enrolled system wide this spring is up 18 percent compared to spring 2009.
At Maysville Community and Technical College, enrollment is up 15.31% as of February 11, 2010 for spring 2010 compared to spring 2009 February 16 enrollment numbers.
This is once again a record enrollment for MCTC. This enrollment growth is a product of additional students at all three campuses and our two extensions, said MCTC President Ed Story. The faculty and staff welcome all of our new students as they embark on a new career or seek additional training. Even in this lean budget year a quality educational experience will be provided in all program areas as we continue to transform lives of the citizens of our service area.
The growth in enrollment follows record numbers for KCTCS fall 2009 enrollment, with an 11.6 percent growth system wide. At Maysville Community and Technical College, fall official 2009 enrollment was up 18.66% compared to the previous years official enrollment.
For the fall 2009 semester, throughout KCTCS, growth occurred in all age groups, with non-traditional students ages 25 and older experiencing the largest increase, with 14.3 percent more students in this age group attending KCTCS in fall 2009 compared to fall 2008. The average age of KCTCS students rose from 27 years in fall 2008, to 27.3 years in fall 2009.
In fall 2009, students ages 18-24 had an 11.3 percent increase in enrollment, while the number of students under the age of 18 grew 8.8 percent. Distance education courses were a strong area of growth as well, with a 25 percent increase in enrollment, from 31,292 in 2008 to 41,703 in 2009.
Fall 2009 enrollment numbers showed that the KCTCS programs with the biggest increases in students were in the following areas: health professions; liberal arts and sciences; business, management and marketing; mechanics and repair technologies; and computer/information sciences/support services.
KCTCS operates 16 colleges on 68 campuses throughout the state, providing Kentuckians with easy access to courses in person and through online education. KCTCS is committed to helping citizens find the path to high-growth, high-wage jobs.

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