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Record enrollment at PRCC

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HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - Pearl River Community College students started the fall semester Monday with a record enrollment of over five thousand students. That number represents a 14 percent increase over last year.

At the College's Forrest County Center in Hattiesburg, they too are experiencing record growth. Last year, they educated about 16 hundred and 50 students and this year they expect to surpass the 19 hundred mark.

Dean of the Forrest County Center, Cecil Burt, said there are many reasons for the influx of students.

"Our location, our cost is low. Anytime there is a slight downturn in the economy, usually community college enrollments will grow. So there are a number of factors that have contributed to our growth this year," said Burt.

Popular academic programs at the Hub City campus include math and science, in addition to a new criminal justice major.

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