Enrollment Increases At Iowa Lakes
Enrollment numbers for the 2009-2010 academic year at Iowa Lakes Community College are looking positive, according to college officials. The number of credit hours stand at 36, 482 – up nearly 12 percent from last year. The overall number of full-time, part-time and TRiO students comes to 4,133 – an increase of 6.7 percent.
“This shows that students are taking more credit hours when compared with a year ago,” said Julie Carlson, Dean of Students, following the release of the enrollment numbers by officials on Tuesday of this week.
Carlson and other college officials also note there has also been a new ‘look’ for the student body as well.
“While the economy continues to lag, there are a lot of non-traditional aged students who see this as their big chance to get the education they’ve always wanted,” Carlson said. “We see individuals with a lot of real-life experience in most every classroom. I think this increase is because of our efforts to help individuals explore their options after many were laid off from area companies.”
That economic effect is also reflected in other areas at the college. “On our soccer team, we have a 47-year-old Wind Energy & Turbine Technology student; and on our men’s golf team, there’s a 43-year-old student who is consistently in our top five players,” Carlson added.
More and more students are also seeing the financial benefits of community colleges.
“Students who enroll at Iowa Lakes see the cost savings they get when compared with other colleges. Our professors have the same academic credentials as those who teach at four-year colleges and universities,” Carlson said.