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HCC leads MD in fall enrollment increases

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Hagerstown Community College had the highest percentage increase in fall enrollment of the 16 community colleges in Maryland. HCC’s enrollment grew by 6.8 percent to a total of 5,034 credit students for the fall 2012 semester, when compared to the fall 2011 semester. Most of the other Maryland community colleges experienced enrollment decline for the same time period, with the statewide average at negative 2.5 percent.

“This exciting news is confirmation that our efforts to make college more accessible and more convenient are paying off,” said HCC President Guy Altieri. “We recently developed evening course packages, have been continually adding more online courses and programs, and have been awarded two U.S. Dept. of Education TRiO grants that provide assistance to first-generation college students.”

The statewide average for fall enrollment at Maryland’s independent colleges and universities was also down, by 3.9 percent. Average enrollment at Maryland’s senior public institutions is down by .2 percent. These numbers have been compiled and released by the Maryland Higher Education Commission. To see the full report, go to www.mhec.state.md.us/publications/research/annualreports/2012openfallenr..., or you can read the Herald Mail article.