JANUARY 19, 2005

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OKC Community College ranks high on fastest-growing list


Oklahoma City Community College Keith Leftwich Memorial Library

Oklahoma City Community College has been named one of the fastest-growing community colleges in the nation according to a study published in a recent issue of Community College Week. The data, collected from the U.S. Department of Education, showed that the College had the sixth-fastest-growing student enrollment among the nation’s largest community colleges.

The study compared the 2002 and 2003 fall enrollment counts. In 2003, fall enrollment grew 11 percent with 12,048 students on campus that semester.

The College was the only Oklahoma institution in the top 50 list of public two-year colleges with enrollments of 10,000 or more students.

"More and more students are opting to begin their higher education careers at a community college,” said Dr. Paul Sechrist provost/vice president for academic affairs of Oklahoma City Community College. “Many of our incoming students have scholarships and plans to move on to four-year institutions later. We also have a number of students seeking two-year professional/technical degrees so that they can immediately begin work within their chosen industry.”

Sechrist attributes much of the growth to academic programs in the areas of science and math, health professions and arts and humanities.

The College’s enrollment over the past four years has increased over 40 percent. With spring classes starting Jan. 18, College officials are looking at another seven percent increase in enrollment.

Contact: Jessica Martinez-Brooks, (405) 682-7590