MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WTVY) – Enrollment of students pursuing academic and workforce training courses at Alabama community colleges has surged amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Nearly 144,000 students received education or training at a statewide community or technical college. This included 101,094 students enrolled in traditional college credit courses, which represented an increase of 4,700 students – or 6% – from fall 2020 to fall 2021. Among the programs with the largest increases in enrollment included welding, vehicle and body technologies, and business. .
“Our numbers continue to show a clear message that every community college in the state is here to serve students and businesses in their communities, and the people we have at each of our colleges are committed to providing programs and services that their local students, businesses, and industry need and seek,” said Jimmy H. Baker, Chancellor of the Alabama Community College System (ACCS).
In addition to a continued focus on career planning, academic counseling, and workforce development and increased safety measures at each of Alabama’s community colleges, ACCS has frozen fees tuition and offered financial support to help students during the pandemic. CASC announced in the summer of 2021 increased scholarships for dual-enrollment students and expanded the use of these scholarships to include college courses in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields. The total number of students in 2020-21 includes more than 19,000 Alabama high school students participating in dual-enrollment programs.
Residents choose Alabama community colleges for accessible and affordable academic and vocational technical training opportunities that prepare them for success. As program enrollment grew, 34,434 degrees were earned in adult education and credit programs, bringing the total number of community college degrees and certificates earned to more than 140,000. Alabama over five years.
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