With Funding Impacted by Down Economy - Colorado Community College System Coping with Unprecedented Growth

With funding impacted by a down economy, the Colorado Community College System (CCCS) is coping with unprecedented growth. According to data recently released by CCCS' Research Office, in the past two years, the system has absorbed an increase in students so large that it compares to the size of the entire Fall resident student body of Colorado State University-Fort Collins or the University of Colorado-Boulder.

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Denver, CO (PRWEB) October 7, 2010

With the down economy impacting its funding support, the Colorado Community College System has been coping with unprecedented growth. According to data recently released from the Colorado Community College System's (CCCS) research office, in the past two years, CCCS has absorbed an unprecedented increase in students so large that it compares to the size of the entire Fall resident student body of Colorado State University-Fort Collins or the University of Colorado-Boulder.

In Academic Year 2007-08, CCCS served 107,028 students. CCCS concluded the recent Academic Year 2009-10 having served 134,753 students. Consequently, as of this past June, the colleges of CCCS served 27,725 more students than they did two years ago.

Percentage-wise, the number of students served by the 13 colleges of CCCS increased 26% over the two academic years ending on June 30, 2010. This unprecedented growth continued into the Fall 2010 semester, with Colorado Community College System colleges serving 9% more students than they were at this same time last year.

“More and more Coloradans have been turning to us to provide an affordable higher education degree for their children and older adults have been enrolling to obtain the skills they need to compete in the 21st century global economy,” remarked CCCS President Dr. Nancy McCallin. “Finally, options to earn college credits while in high school have expanded recently and younger students are taking advantage of these opportunities in droves.”

The Colorado Community College System comprises the state's largest system of higher education serving more than 134,000 credit students annually. The system’s colleges include: Arapahoe Community College, Colorado Northwestern Community College, Community College of Aurora, Community College of Denver, Front Range Community College, Lamar Community College, Morgan Community College, Northeastern Junior College, Otero Junior College, Pueblo Community College, Pikes Peak Community College, Red Rocks Community College and Trinidad State Junior College.

For more information, contact Rhonda Bentz at 303.916.0502.

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