JUNE 10, 2009


Enrollment Soars at Northeast Alabama Community College--Largest Summer Term Enrollment in 39 Years

Some three hundred more students are attending Northeast Alabama Community College this summer than last summer, representing a 21 percent increase in student enrollment, according to college officials. “We’ve been having substantial enrollment increases over the past several years,” stated Dr. David Campbell, NACC President. “This summer increase is one of the largest that we have had.”

NACC officials note that community colleges are increasing enrollment throughout Alabama and the nation. Most attribute to economic conditions around the country as people facing uncertain times turn to community colleges for new careers or retraining. “That is certainly a factor in our increase this summer,” Campbell stated. “However, our enrollment here at Northeast has increased about seventy percent over the past seven years.” NACC officials attribute the enrollment increase to new programs of study that have been added, an expanded curriculum, emphasis on financial aid and student loan programs, dual enrollment, new services in Admissions, and more promotions and community events, or working closely with and the support of local school systems.

Campbell added that the economy is certainly a factor in this summer’s enrollment increases and that college personnel are grateful that people can turn to Northeast to position themselves for new jobs and careers. “We’ve attempted to do some new and specific things to help people through these trying times,” Campbell noted. “Our Adult Education program has established some very well received special needs programs for those who have lost jobs due to plant closings, and we are providing ‘Ready to Work’ and job readiness services. Our Workforce Development Division has begun some excellent job training programs, including those in industrial maintenance, welding technology, and machining technology.” A new Industrial Systems Technology Center is scheduled to open on the Northeast campus in August. College officials say that they are hopeful to provide even more job training opportunities for area residents. The college also has submitted grant proposals with the Governor’s Office for Workforce Development to establish other workforce development programs.

NACC officials also point out that many students attending four-year colleges are enrolled at Northeast this summer. NACC Dean of Students Tonie Niblett noted that by taking courses at Northeast while they are home for the summer, students attending four-year schools make progress toward their baccalaureate degrees. These students also save on expenses with the lower tuition that Northeast offers. Tuition at Northeast, as well as other schools within the Alabama Community College System, is approximately fifty percent lower than at the state’s four-year colleges. NACC officials say that the substantial majority of students at Northeast are enrolled in academic transfer courses. Through the state’s articulation agreement, courses within NACC’s core curriculum are guaranteed to transfer to any public college in Alabama. NACC students consistently have ranked at the top among Alabama community colleges in their academic success when they transfer to a four-year college or university.

Northeast officials say records show that this summer’s enrollment is the largest summer enrollment at the college in thirty-nine years. For additional information about Northeast, telephone the Admissions Office at ext. 222, or go to Admissions.

Shaded tables outside the Student Center are popular with summer students.
Blue umbrellas shade students as they study, eat, or socialize.
(Photo taken by Andrea Wheeler)