JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Enrollment in Mississippi's 15 community
and junior colleges is up 8.2 percent.
Eric Clark, executive director of the state's two-year college
board, says preliminary, unaudited numbers show more than 73,200
students enrolled. He expects the figure to remain over 70,000
after auditing. Last year, the system had 67,700 students.
Itawamba Community College had the biggest increase - 15
Its president, David Cole, says people realize they need more
skills and education for jobs like those at the Toyota
manufacturing plant planned for the Tupelo area.
Although enrollment is up slightly at Mississippi's eight public
universities, enrollment has dropped at five of those four-year
Average tuition for two-year schools is about $820 a semester,
compared to $2,370 a semester at universities.
Information from: The Clarion-Ledger,