Garden City Community College has seen a slight growth in its enrollment for the 2017 fall semester.
During Tuesday’s GCCC Board of Trustees meeting, college president Dr. Herbert Swender said GCCC saw a 3.38 percent growth in enrollment in the fall 2017 semester, for a total of 2,081 students, or 68 more than last year.
“That’s a big number,” Swender said, adding that the growth can be attributed to programs like marching band and fire science, as well as the quality instructors on the GCCC faculty.
GCCC was the third college to have enrollment growth, behind Coffeyville Community College and Allen Community College which had 5.57 percent and 9.81 percent growth respectively, according to the Kansas Board of Regents’ 20th day preliminary headcount.
ACC has 2,574 students, 230 more than last year and CCC has 1,802 students, or 95 more than last year.
During Tuesday’s meeting, Swender said while he and the college are excited to see growth, he knows that it will not continue due to residential life and the cafeteria reaching capacity, though they would like to see continued growth. But to counteract not being able to have more students on campus, GCCC is looking to grow its online classes, Swender said.
Swender also pointed out that while some colleges are seeing growth, others are seeing enrollment numbers drop.
Independence Community College saw the largest drop in enrollment at 15.14 percent, with 159 students fewer than last year for a total of 891 students.
Seward County has the second largest decrease in enrollment for the fall 2017 semester, according to the KBOR. SCC had a 9.39 percent decrease in enrollment, having 1,746 students or 181 less than last year.
Dodge City Community College has 1,773 students enrolled for the 2017 fall semester, 31 students or 1.72 percent less than last school year.
According to the KBOR, there are 71,165 students enrolled in the 19 Kansas Community Colleges, 1,502 or 2.07 percent less that last year.
In other business:
• Trustee Merilyn Douglass was recognized for being named the National Rural Community College Alliance Trustee of the Year on Sept. 28.
• Swender noted during the president’s report of the meeting that GCCC donated $2,500 to the Breast Center Center. The money was raised through T-shirt sales sold for GCCC’s Pink Out games on Saturday. The $2,500 check was presented to representatives from the Breast Center on Saturday during GCCC’s football game against Coffeyville.
• Levi Jividen, residential life advisor, was recognized as a new GCCC employee. His first day was Sept. 13.