Sep 17, 2013 5:58 PM
Fall enrollment at South Louisiana Community College is up from last year.
Though slight, the college's administration says increased enrollment numbers could indicate a larger student enrollment in semesters to come.
"As Acadiana seeks to increase educational attainment to grow our workforce, even the slightest increase is welcomed and is promising," said SLCC Chancellor Natalie Harder. "With so many changes since becoming a comprehensive community college in 2012, we expected a steady enrollment with little growth immediately. We are hoping this semester's numbers are indicative of an even larger increase in the coming year."
The fall 2013 enrollment is 7,399 students, up 74 students from fall 2012.
Other areas of growth include the retention of continuing and returning students pursuing transfer degrees, and dual enrollment. Continuing and returning student retention is up more than 600 students compared to fall 2012. Dual enrollment is up by 535 students from fall 2012.
Vermilion Parish alone increased its high school dual enrollment headcount by 238 students. Acadia Parish added 127 high school dual enrollment students compared to 2012.
"We are encouraged by these increases and plan to continue offering relevant programs that ultimately lead to four-year degrees for our transfer students and viable jobs for our technical students," said Harder.
The final mini-session for the fall semester is set to begin Oct. 22. Enrollment is now open for this compressed session.