According to preliminary data released Thursday by the college, there are 5,993 students enrolled this quarter, compared to 5,154 last year at pre-merger Coosa Valley Technical College and Northwestern Technical College. That’s an increase of 839, or 16 percent, and GNTC is only 19 students below their record-breaking fall 2009 enrollment.
Stuart Phillips, vice president of Student Affairs at GNTC, believes there are several reasons the college continues to see enrollment growth.
“The continued struggling economy has certainly been a contributing factor,” said Phillips. “I also believe the variety of course offerings we have at GNTC has helped as well. Our commitment to offer programs that prepare students for the workforce is the ultimate factor.”
Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Floyd County Campus has 2,362 students enrolled, 737 at the Gordon County Campus, 280 at the Polk County Campus and 2,614 at the Walker County Campus.
The college continues to see an increase in the number of students who took advantage of online classes. With approximately 200 classes being offered online this quarter, GNTC has 2,321 students enrolled in at least one online class.
GNTC has 3,143 students enrolled full time and 2,850 enrolled part time at the college.