The recent beginning of Spring Semester 2020 at Southern Crescent Technical College brought with it yet another enrollment increase for the College. This 2020 Spring Semester makes the 8th consecutive semester Southern Crescent Technical College has achieved an enrollment increase over the same semester the previous year.
The latest uptick indicates that 5,418 students are registered, marking a 10.6 percent in total enrollment and a 7.0% increase in full-time equivalency when compared with SCTC's Spring Semester 2019 figures. Most notably, reports indicate that SCTC has experienced a 3.1% increase in enrollment from last semester. By comparison, SCTC enrolled 5,256 in Fall Semester 2019.
These numbers are more than double the statewide average enrollment growth across the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), which has expanded by about 4.5% during the same time period. All numbers are courtesy of the TCSG data center.
“Typically, Fall Semester marks our largest semester for enrollment. This year, we have seen an enrollment increase from Fall to Spring Semester, which is phenomenal. While we have been working extremely hard to support our students through to completion, our current enrollment increase is attributed to several factors including a strong commitment to serving students by faculty and staff and the expansion of facilities, services, and programs,” according to Vice President of Student Affairs, Dr. Xenia Johns.
Boosting enrollment has been a goal for Southern Crescent Technical College President Dr. Alvetta Thomas, who has worked diligently across all divisions of the College to increase enrollment since she came on board in December of 2016. “In the past few years, we have been laser-focused on data at Southern Crescent Technical College in the attempt to move the needle in a few key areas. I am thrilled to report that our efforts have had positive results with an increased graduation rate, an increased retention rate, and an increase in the number of awards conferred as well as an increase in enrollment.”
“This increase in enrollment shows that more and more people realize the value of a technical education to obtain a great career and outstanding collegiate experience. Our mission at Southern Crescent Technical College is workforce development and it is evident that we are responding to the needs of our community. When the numerous career options available in our region for graduates with the skills offered by SCTC are coupled with the low cost of attendance, there is no doubt why Southern Crescent Technical College continues to make a marked impact on this area’s workforce," SCTC President Dr. Alvetta Thomas continued. "It is encouraging to see more students taking advantage of the tremendous opportunities afforded to them because of the Hope Career Grant and increased financial aid options. Additionally, with a stellar job placement rate and the demand for SCTC graduates far exceeding supply, we are extremely optimistic that this enrollment growth will continue.”
With the addition of new programs designed to meet the unique needs of students in this area, SCTC is poised to continue this trajectory of growth through upcoming terms. Answering the call of area citizens and local business and industry, Southern Crescent Technical College has recently launched new technical programs in Cybersecurity and Cardiovascular Technology. Interdisciplinary Studies and General Studies have also been added with both of these programs comprised of core classes and designed to transfer seamlessly to four-year colleges and universities in Georgia. In addition, SCTC has expanded the Associate of Science in Nursing (RN) program to the Flint River Campus and expanded the existing Practical Nursing and Medical Assisting program there as well.