Enrollment numbers down for community colleges

Enrollment numbers down for community colleges
Enrollment numbers down for community colleges. Photo Credit WDAM

ELLISVILLE, MS (WDAM) - Enrollment numbers are down for many community colleges in Mississippi, most notably Jones County Junior College here in the Pine Belt.

According to the 10 day enrollment numbers, after a few years of growth, Jones County Junior College has lost less than 1 percent of its students to start the school year.

The school said this may not be a bad thing considering the number of students lost.

According to JCJC, the school has only lost 19 students since last year.

"For our enrollment, we're down 19 unique individual students from this time last year,"  Vice President of Marketing and Recruiting Finee Ruffin said. "It's less than one percent full, but we actually maintained our credit hour status. So we generated the exact same number of credits hours from this time last year to this time this year."

The 10-day enrollment number can be used to determine funding. The year-to-year enrollment numbers have not yet been released.

Retention and graduation rates are also a major focus for community colleges like JCJC.

"It's keeping a student here and actually getting them either transferred, graduated and into a university," Ruffin said. "Our numbers will go down because we want them to stay and school and finish."