Enrollment slips at Westmoreland County Community College
Spring semester enrollment at Westmoreland County Community College is down about 4 percent over last spring, college President Daniel Obara said Wednesday.
Enrollment after the first week of classes was 6,069 students, but enrollment in WCCC's Late-Start Session, which begins Feb. 7, is still open, Obara said.
The Late-Start Session allows students to complete a full semester of 12 credits in 12 weeks.
Community colleges across the country are experiencing enrollment dips in part because the economy is improving and some funding for unemployed workers to return to work has decreased, said college spokeswoman Anna Marie Palatella.
WCCC's enrollment peaked over the 2009-10 school year — when the recession was at its worst — at more than 7,100 students, she said.
But Obara told trustees during their monthly meeting Wednesday that enrollment at the college's satellite education centers increased an average of 10 percent.
Education centers in New Kensington and the Mon Valley had the largest increases, with 33 percent and 25 percent, respectively, Obara said.
In other business, trustees approved college participation in a PennDOT grant program, administered by the Westmoreland County Conservation District, to improve stormwater management along Cherry Creek and Armbrust Road.
The project extends work done last summer to improve drainage and control flow into a tributary of Sewickley Creek.
The first phase will include building an additional rain garden by Founders Hall and cleaning channels along Armbrust Road from College Drive to the end of the parking lot to remove sediment and provide plantings. The second phase aims to install new plantings and improve drainage around parking lot B.
The project's $150,000 cost will be funded entirely by the state and no college money will be used.
Kari Andren is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-850-2856 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Add Kari Andren to your Google+ circles.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Hempfield man receives long-overdue Bronze Star for World War II service
- Charges advance for men accused in police scuffle at Fort Ligonier Days
- Longtime Greensburg District Judge Albert will seek fifth term
- Arnold man’s molestation conviction upheld
- Westmoreland County settles with fired public defender
- Rostraver Democrat aims for 1 of 3 open spots on Westmoreland County bench
- Endowment of $3.49B makes University of Pittsburgh 25th richest in U.S.
- 2 accused of taking baby to New Kensington drug deal get probation
- Braddock man held for trial in Jeannette assault, robbery
- Suspect in West Newton burglary sought; alleged accomplice arrested
- 3 injured in 2-vehicle accident on Arona Road in Hempfield