TNCC Serves Record Number of Students in 2009-10

Published: June 16, 2010

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.

The College’s Full Time Equivalency (FTE) numbers also grew by 9.4 percent from 6,017 last year to 6,581 in 2009-2010. A single FTE represents the enrollment of 30 hours of academic credit. A trend across the 23 institutions that comprise Virginia’s Community Colleges, FTE growth indicates that more students are attending on a full-time basis taking more extensive class loads.

Officials at TNCC credit strategic measures taken across the College for the steadily growing enrollment. Some initiatives include, but are not limited to: extended student advising and registration hours, ongoing efforts by career coaches in area high schools and increased availability of online registration. Efforts within TNCC’s Workforce Development are also a factor through the diverse training opportunities Workforce provides and the expanded partnerships with area businesses and industries the division facilitates for TNCC.

Other measures include expanded course offerings at the Historic Triangle campus in Williamsburg/James City County and TNCC’s Southeast Higher Education Center at An Achievable Dream Middle and High School in Newport News.

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