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Enrollment Numbers at Community Colleges Decrease

After a steep recession any sign of an economic recovery should be a good thing. But for the low priced gateway to higher education, there seems to be a flip side -- enrollment is down.

FREDERICK, Md. - While economic recovery is looking up, enrollment at two year colleges are looking down, according to a new report. WHAG went out to see how the numbers are impacting the local area. 

"The article on college enrollment is not a surprise. We see the enrollment go up and down because of the economy and shifts," said Laura Mears of Frederick Community College.

According to the Maryland Higher Education Commission, the enrollment numbers at community colleges throughout Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia have taken a dip. 

"Our students are changing their behaviors, they are looking at options on how they can pursue their education and training," said Mears.

But as the spring semester at Frederick Community College gets underway, students still find themselves waiting in line for enrollment.

"I stay here because it's too close to home, and with bad weather like this you don't want to go to far with traveling," said Tamika Oke, a student at Frederick Community College.

Mears says they are excited that the campus continues to remain busy as they prepare for the spring semester. 


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