NIC spring enrollment news mixed

Spring semester enrollment at North Idaho College was up and down, as credit-producing enrollment experienced a fractional decrease from 2005.
Meanwhile, short-term and noncredit enrollments in NIC’s Workforce Training Center jumped by 11 percent, noted NIC President Michael Burke.
“NIC’s workforce training enrollments continue to increase as do the number of students enrolled in our dual credit program,” said NIC President Michael Burke. "Despite for-credit enrollment being down slightly, it’s clear that NIC is continuing to meet the needs of our students by adapting to the changing economy.”
For-credit enrollment decreased by 10 students from 4,126 students to 4,116, reflecting a 0.02 percent decrease in enrollment from the spring of 2005 to spring 2006. NIC officials anticipated the drop on the heels of a 3.2 percent decline for the fall of 2005.
The most significant shift in enrollment came with a decrease in credit hour production, with some students taking lighter class loads. NIC officials believe this reflects the region’s strong job market.
“With a strong economy comes significant change in enrollment patterns,” said NIC Vice President of Student Services Bruce Gifford. “We’ve seen this pattern at NIC and many of the Washington community colleges for the past couple of years.”
NIC’s largest segment of growth was in the number of high school students dual enrolled through the college. NIC’s dual credit program, which allows high school students to enroll in NIC courses for both high school and college credit, grew from 198 to 254 students, an increase of 28.3 percent from this time last year. The increase from spring 2004 to spring 2005 was 3.7 percent.
NIC’s Workforce Training Center posted noncredit enrollments of 3,788 to date in fiscal year 2006, which is an 11 percent increase over the 3,404 enrollments posted at this time last year.
“A strong economy creates motivation for individuals to seek short-term, skills-based and personal enrichment learning opportunities,” said NIC Director of Workforce Training Robert Ketchum. “Right now those economic conditions are driving students toward workforce training and community education courses more than ever.”
Idaho’s colleges and universities traditionally announce their enrollment after the 10th instructional day of each semester.
Gifford will be giving a more detailed enrollment report to the NIC Board of Trustees at its next meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. Feb. 22.

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Posted: Monday, Feb. 6, 2006

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