Virginia Community Colleges Mark Record Increase

By: Jummy Olabanji Email
By: Jummy Olabanji Email

January 18, 2007

“The VCCS is very please to report that the system experienced a record enrollment,” said Frank Friedman, President of PVCC.

In fact, nearly 160,000 students enrolled in classes this past fall at all twenty-three Virginia community colleges.

This was a four percent increase in just one year and over the past five years the VCCS has seen around a ten percent increase.

Statistics also show that roughly one out of every two students beginning their higher education at a public school last fall chose to do so at a Virginia community college.

“Now with the guaranteed admission agreements to just about all the four year colleges in the state, students and their parents know that if they perform well in our courses, they'll be able to be enrolled for their junior and senior years at the university of their choice,” said Friedman.

Friedman also says that these numbers show that more Virginia families are taking advantage of what the community college system has to offer.

“A low cost, high quality, educational opportunity that gives them an opportunity to prepare for their future,” said Friedman.

PVCC student, Ali Kerl, said, “I can afford to go here. Knock out my first two years, and not have any debt at the end of it.”

More than just easy on the pockets, she says attending PVCC will make an easier transition to the college of her choice.

Kerl said, “I’m transferring to Mary Baldwin. Mary Baldwin works with Piedmont, so I can take classes through Mary Baldwin here at the Piedmont campus and a lot of schools work with Piedmont to transfer.”

The highest numbers of increases were recorded at John Tyler Community College in Midlothian and Lord Fairfax Community College in Winchester.

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