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Washtenaw Community College Enrollment Bucks Trend

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Years of effort to bring more students to Washtenaw Community College are starting to pay off.

WCC is reporting an increase of 2 percent in the number of students attending class fall.

It is one of only five community colleges in Michigan to report increasing enrollment for the upcoming semester.

Linda Blakey is WCC's Vice President of Student and Academic Services. She says multiple demographics are seeing a rise in enrollment.

"It's traditional high school students, we have had increases in dual enrollments, which is students in high school who are taking classes at the same time," Blakey says, "but we also had in the 25-44 and the 44-60 age brackets we've also seen increases in those markets as well."

Blakey attributes the rising enrollment numbers in part to the college's decision to freeze tuition costs at last year's levels for any students who make arrangements to pay before July 31.

Taylor Pinson is a WEMU news reporter and engineer during WEMU's broadcast of NPR's All Things Considered.
Taylor Pinson is a WEMU news reporter and engineer during WEMU's broadcast of NPR's All Things Considered.