Friday, January 29, 2010

Enrollment Continues to Surge at York County Community College

For the fifth consecutive year, York County Community College (YCCC) has experienced and sustained growth unmatched, in history, by any public or private college or university in Maine. During this period, credit-hour generation (the actual number of credit-hours for which students have enrolled) has increased 71%, while the total number of students enrolled at the college has increased 60%.
“The dramatic admissions growth can be attributed to a variety of circumstances,” said Dr. Charles Lyons, college president. Two major factors behind the enrollment growth are displaced workers returning to school and traditional-age students looking for a more affordable education, Lyons said. At $84 per credit for in-state residents, a student taking 12 credits would pay $1,008 in tuition costs as well as other fees.
YCCC, which is the youngest of Maine’s seven community colleges, showed the largest gains (up 44%) but the upward spiral continues throughout the Maine Community College System (MCCS). MCCS President John Fitzsimmons noted that in spite of severe budget constraints, the colleges remain committed to providing as many students as possible with the education they need to gain a foothold in a difficult economy.
York County Community College, established in 1994, is one of seven community colleges in the Maine Community College System. The college enrolls over 1,400 students in associate degrees and transfer programs and over 1,600 individuals in non-credit continuing education and professional development areas.