BCTC Anticipates Record Enrollment
Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) anticipates a record enrollment for the fall 2009 semester. Preliminary numbers show overall student enrollment is up more than 6 percent from the start of classes last year.
On Monday, the first day of the Fall 2009 semester, more than 9,000 students were enrolled at Cooper Campus, an increase of nearly 500 students from the same time last year. At the Lawrenceburg campus, enrollment increased by 256 students, or about 48 percent, from the same time last year. Enrollment also grew at Danville, Winchester, Leestown and Regency campuses.
As of Wednesday, 11,586 students were enrolled at BCTC while 10,884 students were enrolled at the same time last year.
Vice President of Student Development and Enrollment Management, Dr. Palisa Williams Rushin, said the growth is very exciting, but also "brings new challenges. We want to retain our students to reach their educational goals" in retraining, learning new skills, or transferring to a four-year university.
"We've seen a diversity of students come through our doors and were happy to provide educational opportunities," she said.
Rushin attributes part of the growth to the economy. More people are coming back to college or going to college because of changes in employment.
She also credits the work of admissions, recruiters, faculty and other staff who have worked diligently to increase awareness of the college.
The college expects the enrollment to increase in the coming weeks as students finalize
their class schedule and enroll for Fall II classes, which start later in the semester.
Fall 2008 had a final enrollment of 12,146 students.