TNCC reaches all-time high enrollment in 2010-2011

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Via The Daily Press

More than 16,300 students enrolled at Thomas Nelson Community College in 2010-2011, a 2.9 percent increase and a record high for the institution. The number of full-time students also jumped, with 9 percent more taking at least 30 academic hours. That’s about 600 more, for a total of 7,179.

TNCC is fourth for growth in full-time student enrollment among Virginia’s 23 community colleges. The local increase follows a nationwide trend of enrollment spikes at community colleges as tuition rises at state and public universities. Enrollment at TNCC climbed by 7.4 percent in 2006-2007; college officials say that’s when large numbers of first-time college students sought affordable higher education.

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TNCC Serves Record Number of Students in 2009-10

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In 2009-2010 Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) experienced its highest enrollment to date at 15,834 students – a 2.1 percent increase over 2008-2009.

Of the total enrollment this year, the College served 10,110 students in spring semester – a 8.1 percent increase over last spring.

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TNCC Experiences Highest Enrollment to Date in 2008-09

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Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) experienced its highest enrollment to date in 2008-2009 at 15,512 students. That figure is an 11.3 percent increase over 2007-2008 putting TNCC in the top three among Virginia Community College System’s 23 institutions in terms of growth by percentage.Of the total enrollment for 2008-2009, TNCC served 9,353 students in spring semester 2009 – a 10.4 percent increase over last spring.

While TNCC officials agree that the economy has had a significant role in enrollment trends, they also credit strategic measures taken across the College. Some initiatives include but are not limited to: extended student advising and registration hours; ongoing efforts by recruiters and career coaches in area high schools and increased availability of online registration. Thomas Nelson officials also include among strategic measures Workforce Development efforts that continually create more opportunities for students to receive training and/or career advancement skills. Expanded partnerships with area businesses and industries enable the College to provide these opportunities.

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Virginia’s Community Colleges Served Over a Third of Bachelor’s Degree Earners Last Year

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  • More than one-third of college graduates in Virginia had attended a Virginia Community College
  • 27 percent completed an associate’s degree before going on to obtain their bachelor’s degree.
  • Nearly 60 percent of students co-enroll or go back and forth between two- and four-year institutions.

More than one third of those who graduated with a four-year degree in 2008 in Virginia got their start at- or supplemented their college experience with courses from- Virginia’s Community Colleges.

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Virginia’s Community Colleges Experience Record Enrollment

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More students are starting their college education at a Virginia community college than ever before. Enrollment increased by 5,670 students across the state in fall 2006, to a total of 159,202, an increase of 3.7 percent in students taking credit courses at a community college over fall 2005. That’s a 10 percent increase – representing more than 14,500 students – since fall of 2001, and an all-time high. Among students beginning their higher education at a public institution last fall, nearly one out of every two, 47 percent, chose to do so at a Virginia community college.

“More and more, Virginia families are taking advantage of the high quality and affordability of our community colleges,” says Chancellor Glenn DuBois. “Our student population is getting bigger. They are getting younger. And with the transfer agreements we’ve made with so many four-year colleges, more students are choosing to begin their quest for a four-year degree at a community college. We are proud to be their on-ramp to opportunity and will continue to seek innovative ways to help our students continue their education beyond their community college experience.”

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Record Numbers of Students Benefit from Dual Enrollment Program with Thomas Nelson Community College

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Registration for Dual Enrollment Courses Start October 1

THE VIRGINIA PENINSULA – The number of high school students taking advantage of the dual enrollment program offered by Thomas Nelson Community College through the public school systems on the Peninsula has grown by 480% since 2003 – 2004. During the 2005-06 year, 1,490 students or 231 FTEs participated in the program. In 2003-04, the college had 310 students or 66 FTEs participating in the dual enrollment program.

Currently, all the school systems in the service area of Thomas Nelson Community College, including Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson, York County, Williamsburg-James City County, and New Horizons Regional Technical Center and Governors School are participating in the dual enrollment program with Thomas Nelson, as are Hampton Christian Schools and Denbigh Baptist Christian School. Home-schooled students are also able to participate in the dual enrollment program by attending classes on the Thomas Nelson campus. The local school divisions receive a discounted rate for tuition.

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