Community Colleges See Decrease in Student Enrollement


HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Community Colleges across the Commonwealth are seeing a decrease in the amount of students enrolling for classes.

From 2000 to 2010, the number of students enrolled at Blue Ridge Community College dramatically increased by thousands of students

But, over the past three years leaders at Blue Ridge Community College said they've seen a 2-3% decrease.

They said there could be many reasons for this decrease.

One big change is the economy. Leaders with Blue Ridge said because college tuition is expensive, many high school graduates are now going straight into the workforce instead of enrolling in classes.

Christopher Carpenter, a student at Blue Ridge thinks juggling work and school can be a lot.

"Its not something you just show up and put a little bit of effort. It's a big step and requires a lot of work and a lot of thought. and time. I think until you can priortize those things, it is difficult," said Carpenter.

As of Monday, the enrollment numbers for Blue Ridge are up 1.34% from this time last year for the upcoming fall semester.

The school anticipates this number changing before the start of the semester.


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