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CCTC continues enrollment growth

Posted: September 23, 2011 4:40 p.m.
Updated: September 26, 2011 5:00 a.m.

For the third consecutive year, Central Carolina Technical College (CCTC) has set a new enrollment record with 4,400 students enrolled for the fall 2011 semester, including more than 520 at its Kershaw County campuses. The enrollment numbers reflect an approximate 3 percent gain in students as compared to last fall across all its campuses.

“We are very proud to welcome the new students and our returning students. This continued growth is a tribute to the hard work of our faculty and staff, and it also validates the relevance and strength of our programs of study,” said Dr. Tim Hardee, Central Carolina president.

This increase continues a growth trend during the past three years at Central Carolina. Since the fall of 2008, the college as a whole has grown by approximately 37 percent, according to CCTC reports. The Kershaw County campuses outpaced the rest of the college during the same three-year period with better than 67 percent growth. There are 749 students who live in Kershaw County enrolled in Central Carolina programs across the board.

In addition to the new students, Central Carolina also has several new programs, many of which are already full. Based on surveys of local employers, Central Carolina added Human Services; Pharmacy Technician; Environmental, Health and Safety; Emergency Medical Technician; and Basic Machining and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) to its program offerings this year.        

Vice President for Academics Susan McMaster said college administrators and faculty are constantly evaluating the programs the college offers and researching new programs that are needed in the four counties Central Carolina serves.  

“We stay in close contact with the business and industry community in our area, not just to get feedback on our current programs, but also to learn about what job skills are needed next. Then our part is to make sure we have programs in place that will provide the right knowledge, skills, and attitudes for those jobs,” McMaster said.

She also points out many of the students at the college are enrolled in its Associate in Arts or Associate in Science programs with plans to transfer to four-year colleges and universities. A Bridge agreement with the University of South Carolina Columbia is also in place to assist those students.

“The state legislature has designated 86 courses that will transfer from Central Carolina to public universities and many private universities in South Carolina. With today’s economy, it just makes sense for students to earn an Associate of Arts or an Associate in Science while they live at home,” McMaster added.

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