Enrollment in one North Country college is already off to a good start as Jefferson Community College anticipates higher numbers from last year. YNN's Carmella Mataloni tells us why more students are deciding to take classes at JCC.
JEFFERSON COUNTY, N.Y. -- The Jefferson Community College campus was buzzing with new and returning students as the fall semester began this week. Just a few days in, the college is already off to a good start when it comes to student enrollment. They are expected to match or break their numbers from last year.
"Before the whole fall term is over, we will be a little over four thousand again," said JCC President Carole McCoy.
Last year, the college saw a record breaking enrollment. President McCoy says with nearly 3,900 students enrolled now, plus people who will enroll in a late October session, a new record could be set this year. She says a big reason for the jump is the number of students graduating from area high schools and people on Fort Drum.
McCoy said, "We get a significant number of those students every year and with the military population, many of those soldiers and their families move in and out of the area, so it's always fresh folks who are looking for some educational opportunities."
The numbers aren't only looking good for regular students, but also veteran students. More than 400 are already enrolled which is a big deal for the campus. We caught up with some of those veterans who say they are not surprised to see that those numbers are up because a higher education is what you need to move forward.
"We are prepared, but we are prepared with our experiences in the military and to have that experience plus what is needed in whatever field we chose to go into to help us be successful in our transition," said Tom Hewitt.
David Stewart said, "Some jobs, you have to have a degree to get into and military experience comes for some, but you get people with college degrees, Associates and Bachelors and we are getting knocked out."
Directors tell us that the nursing and liberal arts programs are the most popular. A brand new chemical dependency program is also helping, with 51 enrolled students.