Community College Enrollment Down, NCC Enrollment Up

Des Moines, Iowa — Fewer students are attending Iowa community colleges as a whole, after enrollment reached record levels not too long ago.

Some community college executives are calling that a good sign, meaning that fewer out-of-work people needed to seek re-training for new jobs when their old ones evaporated with the recession.

Iowa’s 15 community colleges showed a statewide drop of 5 percent from last year, The Des Moines Register reported Thursday.

However, enrollment at northwest Iowa community college has increased in the last year, according to President of NCC, Dr. Aletha Stubbe.

She says that’s due in-part to the fact that unemployment has remained relatively low in northwest Iowa.

She says they have a lot to offer.

She says students can succeed at NCC, and that’s NCC’s goal.

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