Enrollment at an All Time High at Thomas Nelson Community College

Published: July 11, 2006

The Virginia Peninsula – Enrollment at Thomas Nelson Community College during the 2005-06 academic year reached an all-time high with 13,120 individual students taking classes at the Hampton and Historic Triangle campus. This represents an increase of 6.3% over 2004-2005 academic year. This is the largest enrollment in the College’s history.

Thomas Nelson’s record growth includes a new high at the College’s Historic Triangle Campus where the headcount enrollment grew by % increase over the 2004-05 year.

Thomas Nelson Community College President, Dr. Charles A. Taylor said, “We are serving record numbers of students. This clearly shows that Thomas Nelson is being recognized in our community as the institution of choice on the Peninsula for Virginian’s entering higher education or for those who are being re-trained for more highly skilled jobs. The word is getting out about our highly qualified faculty and the dynamics of the classroom experience at Thomas Nelson,” he added.

Dr. William Travis, Interim VP of Academic Affairs attributes the increase in enrollment to the growth of distance learning offerings, the growth of the dual enrolment program, the recent educational partnerships with four-year institutions such as the College of William & Mary and Old Dominion University, and to the flexibility of the College in offering classes when and where students and businesses indicate that they need them. In addition, the College is offering a larger number of classes during its accelerated eight, six and five week sessions during the semester. “We are doing everything in our hands to ensure our students have more opportunities to achieve their educational goals. To help them succeed, we provide them with a supportive learning environment.” In the Spring, Thomas Nelson ran a pilot program of Communities of Learning for at-risk students.

Enrollment for the 2005-06 academic year also indicate that:
The number of FTEs slightly dropped from the previous year, from 5,259 to 5,202. This number indicates there is a larger number of students taking part-time classes. An FTE is one or more student whose combined enrollment equals 15 credit hours in a semester.

• The number of daytime students increased from 82.7% to to 84.7%
• The number of full-time students declined from 26.3% to 22.4%
• The number of students under under 18 (4.1% to 5.3%) and 18 -21 continues to increase (28.3% to 30.7%). The College has seen a steady growth over the years in these two age groups.

The fourth largest community college in the state, Thomas Nelson Community College offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs in transfer or occupational programs, extensive workforce training opportunities and life-long learning prospects.

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