HCC enrollment at all-time high

(September 23, 2009) - Enrollment at Hagerstown Community College continues to rise. For the fall semester, the total number of students enrolled in credit classes is up by 12 percent, or nearly 500 students more than in the fall of 2008.
“HCC is continuing to see an increased number of students who have been displaced as a result of the economy,” said Jennifer Haughie, Ed.D., director of admissions, records, and registration. “We’ve added additional sections of classes as needed, to accommodate this growth.”
Haughie points out that HCC is able to offer low-cost, high-quality education with a variety of options that are especially appealing in a troubled economy. Students who want to change careers can complete a short-term program in a year or less and be ready to seek immediate employment. Those who want to graduate from a four-year school can benefit financially by starting at HCC and transferring their academic credits.
“As more people compete for jobs, those with higher skill sets and greater education are more likely to be chosen,” said Guy Altieri, Ed.D., HCC president. “Our mission is to provide options and support so members of our community can get the education and training they need to be successful, especially during these difficult economic times.”
Altieri expects the enrollment growth to continue, but he’s concerned about funding cuts. HCC’s funding comes from three sources – the state, the county, and student tuition. As enrollment increases and the state’s budget is cut, HCC is forced to rely more heavily on part-time faculty to teach additional course sections.                                  
“We are doing our best to accommodate increased numbers of students at a time when the budget is being cut,” Altieri said. “However, it’s imperative that state lawmakers give careful consideration when they review the budgets of community colleges, which play a critical role in the economic recovery efforts.”