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Enrollment numbers up for GCCC

Updated: Thursday, August 7 2014, 03:19 PM CDT

GARDEN CITY, Kansas – Arianna Whitley visited the Garden City Community College campus with her mom Wednesday morning to speak with a counselor about enrolling.

“I heard good things about it, and it just seemed like a nice college to go to,” she said.

Whitley is one of many to have recently considered the school. With the Fall semester just around the corner, the community college has seen an 8% increase in student enrollment.

“We have to operate more in a business model, so we need students, we need enrollment to make things happen,” GCCC President Herbert Swender. “So we’re very fortunate here in Garden City to expand our program.”

For example, the new Track and Field team brought in 65 students alone this semester. With the steady growth, the school is hard at work building new residence halls. The dorms will be completed by the end of the year, and the college said they’ve seen enough interest from students that they’ve already filled all of the spaces for the Spring semester.

Swender said college enrollment typically goes down when the economy is doing well, but he says Garden City has helped the school grow.

“It’s because people are out there making some things happen and I really want to give a lot of credit to the whole community,” he said.

Their success hasn’t gone unnoticed. GCCC has received several awards this year, including “The Outstanding Community College in the Nation” by The Rural Community College Alliance.

Enrollment numbers up for GCCC


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