Enrollment numbers at Sampson Community College are continuing to make an upward climb, as the anticipated number of students for summer session has increased since last year.
According to Blair Hairr, dean of student services, the number of students who have enrolled in summer classes has increased 14 percent compared to the summer 2016 enrollment. Last summer, the college experienced an drastic increase in students who attended during the summer session, with an 80 percent increase from summer 2015.
Sampson Community College president Dr. Paul Hutchins is pleased to see the numbers grow, indicating a need for the summer course offerings now in place.
“I am delighted to see the growth in our 2017 summer enrollment compared to summer 2016,” 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.”
According to Hairr, in addition to more courses being offered to students, the Career and College Promise program has attributed to the increased number of students enrolled in summer courses.
Career and College Promise is a partnership between the college and Clinton City and Sampson County schools that provides high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to get a jump-start on a two-year or four-year degree while still attending high school. This program is tuition free for all students participating.
Additionally, Hairr said the college has made a concerted effort to provide current and potential students with maximum opportunities, working to schedule classes around summer work and travel schedules.
The fall enrollment for 2017 is looking good as well. Hairr said the community college is anticipating an increased enrollment, but exact numbers will not be determined until after final registration in August.
“The mission of Sampson Community College is to provide accessible and affordable education, workforce training, and lifelong enrichment,” Hairr explained. “This mission is accomplished through effective teaching, student support, public outreach, and partnering with others to improve the quality of life for the people of Sampson County.”
Last fall, the college offered three new programs. Students were given the opportunity to register for the medical assisting program, emergency medical science program and emergency management technology program.
“Sampson Community College provides an array of programs and opportunities for any individual that steps through our doors,” Hairr shared. “I personally believe the addition of these program, along with other changes we have made, have had a direct impact on our enrollment numbers.”
The final day for summer registration is Wednesday, May 17. Adjustments to schedules can be made on Thursday, as classes for the summer will begin May 22.
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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