BY MELANIE BUCK –
Rich Mountain Community College (RMCC) has shown an increase in student population in the Fall Semester of 2014, despite a statewide trend of declining enrollment numbers. Statewide enrollment is down by 4.7% in two-year colleges for a total of 53,470 students. Four-year universities have seen an increase of 0.3% over last year’s numbers bringing student totals to 98,002.
RMCC has brought their totals to 1,006 this semester, reaching their goal of 1,000 students. This is an increase of 50 students compared to this time last year.
RMCC believes the reason for their increase is due to new enrollment drives and being more involved with the community than ever before. Setting up informational booths at local businesses, having a bigger presence at the Polk County Fair, serving concessions at local sporting events, attending ‘parent nights’ at area high schools, and participation in large community events such as 5Ks, Lum and Abner, and more.
Steve Rook, Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at RMCC, stated, “RMCC is glad to be over the 1000 mark again. The bulk of the increase in enrollment came from the 55+ program and concurrent credit. The faculty and staff at the College have dedicated themselves to being more active in the community and I believe that has helped with our enrollment numbers. We now have 77 recruiters going above and beyond for the College and the community.”