Fall enrollment at Coahoma Community College may skyrocket to 3,000, and set the school’s second consecutive registration record, agree many CCC administrators including President Vivian Presley.
She said this year’s summer school registration has also been the highest in history, and the recent July 8-9 orientation for incoming freshmen and their parents topped 350.
Many are turning to professional careers vital to personal and community welfare; others are retraining and updating qualifications in their fields, she said.
Anne-Shelton Clark, vice president of Career Technical Education, reports large increases in several programs including culinary arts, cosmetology, business and office technology, welding, and carpentry.
Her division is also adding a course in brick block and stone masonry this fall to meet needs of business and industry in Bolivar, Coahoma, and Tunica counties. Clark says these graduates will earn starting wages of $15 per hour.
While administrators at Coahoma and the state’s other 14 community colleges welcome increased enrollment and expanded community service, they are facing budget cuts and reduced funds, according to Dr. Presley.
A tuition increase that falls far below costs at senior colleges and universities, is being instituted this fall, according to McNeal.
Tuition and fees for full-time day students in FY 2010 was $850 per semester, and is increasing to $950 per semester, she says.
Matriculation fees for part-time students per semester credit hour was $90.00 in FY 2010, and will increase to $100 per credit hour.
Kicking off the fall semester is registration for students attending evening classes on Saturday, August 7.
Although Coahoma offers night classes in nine locations including Tunica, all registration for evening classes will take place in the Marion Reid Gym on CCC’s main campus from 8:30 a.m. through 4 p.m. Aug. 7.
Night class registration will also continue one day during general registration on Wednesday, August 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Pinnacle.
Registration for day classes in the Pinnacle continues through Friday, August 13, and afterward moves to the First Floor of the Dickerson-Johnson Library.
Registration for online courses is ongoing and closes August 20.