Local enrollment numbers jump 13.9%, older enrollees hit campus.
Official fall term enrollment figures reflect another healthy increase for Iowa Central Community College.
Iowa Central's total enrollment is 4,567 students, up 6.3 percent from the fall 2000 term. In total credit hours for the fall term, Iowa Central reported an increase of 8.6 percent, up to 44,282. Both the student headcount and credit hours are all-time highs.
The overall increase in students from the nine counties of Area V was 5.3 percent. The biggest increase came from Buena Vista County up 13.9 percent from last year. Humboldt County registered an increase of 13.6 percent, Pocahontas County 12.4 percent and Greene County 9.8 percent. Calhoun County was up 5.2 percent and Wright County 4.6 percent.
Big increases were noted in the numbers of non-traditional students, those in the 22-34 year-old bracket. "Usually we see bigger jumps in the 18-19 age group than with non-traditional students," said Tom Beneke, Iowa Central director of enrollment management and student services. "Overall we had a good numbers increase."
The Fort Dodge campus reflected a 10 percent increase in credit hours up to more than 31,000. The Storm Lake center climbed to 3,204 credit hours.
Big increases in dual credit and post-secondary credit hours were reflected in totals from high schools around the area. Albert City-Truesdale, Laurens-Marathon and Alta were among those with reported increases of at least 20 percent over last year.