February 4, 2009


NACC Enrollment Increases at Record-Setting Pace

Northeast Alabama Community College continues to experience enrollment increases at a record-setting pace. At this point 2,708 students officially have registered at Northeast for the Spring Semester of 2009, a more than thirteen percent increase over enrollment for the Spring Semester of 2008. This percentage, college officials note, could increase to as high as a fifteen percent increase after all admissions papers for the term have been processed.

“Our faculty and staff have worked hard to make educational services at Northeast more and more accessible,” stated Dr. David Campbell, NACC President. Campbell pointed out that over the past several years, NACC personnel have expanded the college curriculum, added new programs, added online courses, and worked with area educators to establish dual enrollment programs. He noted that personnel also have created a very student-friendly class schedule, provided business and industry training programs, expanded community outreach, promotions, and recruiting events, and increased financial aid services. “These changes, along with the country’s current economic climate, have resulted in substantial enrollment increases at Northeast,” Campbell said.

College officials point out that while student enrollment numbers have increased significantly, credit hour production numbers at Northeast have increased even more. “We are currently at a seventeen percent increase in our credit hour production,” stated Dr. Joe Burke, NACC Vice President and Dean of Instruction. “This could go as high as nineteen percent before the term ends.” Credit hour production, on which the college’s tuition is based, is the number of hours taken per student. Spring Semester numbers show that NACC students who are enrolled are taking more courses and hours at the college. “Much of this is due to the great job our faculty and division chairs have done to make classes available online and at accessible times, as well as greater financial aid opportunities and services,” Burke stated.

College officials emphasize that the increase in credit hour production could not come at a better time, as state appropriations to education are cut due to the economy and resulting proration. “The increase in credit hour production helps us make up for budget cuts,” stated Dean Larry Guffey, NACC Business Manager. College officials point out that the cost of education at the college is very affordable, especially in this age of rising tuition at four-year institutions. Core classes at the college are guaranteed to transfer to the state’s public four-year colleges. Additionally, Athens State University operates a University Center at Northeast through which students may obtain their four-year degrees in certain programs, including business and education, without leaving the NACC campus. NACC recently signed an agreement with Troy University to provide the final two years of various university degrees online through Troy. NACC also operates an extensive dual enrollment program for college credit with area high schools. Tonie Niblett, NACC Dean of Student Services, has worked with local superintendents and high school principals to expand the dual enrollment program and services to the community.

The college continues to add programs to serve the community. Renovation will begin soon on a recently purchased building adjoining campus to house the college’s new Industrial Systems Technology program. The building, scheduled for opening in the fall, will house programs in industrial maintenance, welding, and machining. “The college will continue to work to provide educational services and training that will lead to jobs,” stated Mike Kennamer, NACC Director of the Division of Workforce Development and Job Skills Training.

Summer Semester Registration is approaching. Online Registration begins April 3; early registration (for sophomores) is April 6-7; early registration (for freshmen) is April 13-14; and regular registration is May 29.

For information about enrolling at Northeast, visit the web pages about Admission.

NACC is experiencing record-setting growth in enrollment. Pictured are current spring semester students visiting outside the Pendley Administration Building with Admissions Office Assistant Andrea Harvey. Kneeling are Jonathan Townsend and Kyle Putman of Scottsboro; standing are Andrea Harvey, NACC Admissions Office Assistant; Whitney Wigley, Rainsville; Marcus Gipson, Henagar; Matt Poe, Scottsboro; Beth Clifton, Sylvania, and Alicia Cherbonned, Mentone.

(Photo taken by Debra A. Barrentine, Director of Promotions and Marketing).