Despite being down in the last semester, enrollment numbers at Sampson Community College have increased for the summer class sessions, which began just last week.
According to Blair Hairr, dean of student services, the number of students who have enrolled in summer classes has increased 80 percent compared to the summer 2015 enrollment. During last summer, Hairr said the enrollment for SCC was 323 students, increasing by more than 250 students to 582 for summer 2016.
“With an 80 percent headcount increase, comparing summer 2015 to summer 2016, Sampson Community College expanded summer course offerings that assisted in this increase,” Hairr stated.
Sampson Community College president Dr. Paul Hutchins is pleased to see the numbers grown, indicating a need for the summer course offerings now in place.
“I am delighted to see the tremendous growth in our 2016 summer enrollment compared to summer 2015,” Hutchins said. “This increase is directly related to an expanded schedule of classes offered and to the great work of our division chairs, faculty and student services staff.”
In addition to an increase in the overall enrollment numbers, Hairr said the full-time enrollment numbers rose 62 percent from last year to this summer and course offerings rose 68 percent, increasing from a total of 44 courses offered in the summer of 2015 to 74 courses offered in summer 2016.
According to Hairr, in addition to more courses being offered, the Career and College Promise program has attributed to the increased number of students enrolled in summer courses.
“The partnership between the college and Clinton City and Sampson County schools greatly attributes to the increase in enrollment,” Hairr said. “We have over 100 Career and College Promise students taking classes this summer, tuition free.”
In an effort to provide current and potential students with maximum opportunities, Hairr said the college worked hard to schedule classes around summer work and travel schedules.
“We made a concerted effort in scheduling courses that would best serve the needs of our students, as well as those coming home from the universities for the summer,” Hairr stated. “In fact, we have over 80 students who are taking coursework as special credit/visiting students. Knowing that many students prefer online courses during the summer, to allow time for travel and work, we more than doubled our distance learning schedule by offering 38 online course sections. The faculty and staff of Sampson Community college are committed to serving the needs of our community, and look forward to further growth in the years to come.”
For more information about Sampson Community College and the many academic programs and opportunities, visit www.sampsoncc.edu or call 910-592-8081. For anyone interested in fall classes, contact the college.
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