HAYWOOD COMMUNITY COLLEGE

185 FREDLANDER DRIVE

CLYDE, NORTH CAROLINA 28721

CONTACT: DEBBIE DAVIS

DIANA CONARD

PHONE: 627-4521

DATE: 09-30-03

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HCC EXPERIENCES RECORD ENROLLMENT FOR FALL SEMESTER

For the fourth consecutive year, Haywood Community College has experienced record enrollment. Fall semester 2003 enrollment is 2037, an increase of 4.7 percent over fall of 2002 and a 66 percent increase over the last six years.

Record enrollment is due to numerous factors according to Dr. Janice Gilliam, Vice President of Student Services at HCC. There is an increase in the number of Dual Enrollment students. These students are high school students enrolled in classes taught by HCC instructors. For the first time, area high school cosmetology classes are being taught on the HCC campus, bringing 15 students to the program.

Also, for the first time, HCC introduced an alternative schedule for students in the nursing program, allowing more students to enter the popular program. The schedule was introduced because of the huge demand and interest in the field on a local, state, and federal level.

There is also an increase in the special credit students due to two new courses offered this semester. There are 53 students enrolled in the hand wrought metals class. These classes mix old style traditional smithing with modern applications. The forging and shaping of metal will unite the functional with the aesthetic while fostering artistic creativity. Approval is pending for hand wrought metals to become part of a new professional crafts program concentration with a number of options of media.

Also, the pulp and paper courses in alliance with Blue Ridge Paper Products was a boost in HCC enrollment, accounting for 40 students. The alliance is designed to prepare professionals for careers in the pulp and paper industry by providing training for prospective and current employees of Blue Ridge Paper and for any person interested in the pulp and paper process.

Early childhood, horticulture, and medical assisting programs at HCC have experienced growth due to high demand and major growth in the industry. The electrical technology program enrollment increased due to the boom of building construction in the area.

Full time enrollment (FTE) has also increased 2 percent at HCC. Students who attend 16 contact hours a week for fall and spring determine one FTE. Eighty-two percent of HCC students are enrolled in technical vocational programs leading directly to work.

HCC has hired additional full-time faculty and staff members to accommodate the record growth and enrollment. "HCC continues to be a source of many opportunities for students in the county and surrounding areas indicated by our continued record enrollment," Dr. Gillam said.

For more information about enrolling at HCC or any of HCC’s programs of studies, please call 627-4500.

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