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Iowa Lakes enrollment up 12 percent

By Staff | Sep 15, 2009

ESTHERVILLE – Iowa Lakes Community College has announced that its 2009 fall enrollment is up nearly 12 percent from last year.

Full-time, part-time, and TRiO students total 4,133, a 6.7 percent increase. Credit hours total 36,482.

“This shows that students are taking more credit hours when compared with a year ago,” said Julie Carlson, dean of students.

There has also been a new ‘look’ in the student body.

“While the economy continues to lag, there are a lot of non-traditional-aged students who see this as their big chance to get the education they’ve always wanted,” Carlson said. “We see individuals with a lot of real-life experience in most every classroom. I think this increase is because of our efforts to help individuals explore their options after many were laid off from area companies.”

It’s also reflected in other areas at the college

“On our soccer team, we have a 47-year-old wind energy and turbine technology student; and on our men’s golf team, there’s a 43-year-old student who is consistently in our top five players,” she added.

Many also see the financial benefits of community colleges.

“Students who enroll at Iowa Lakes see the cost savings they get when compared with other colleges. Our professors have the same academic credentials as those who teach at four-year colleges and universities,” Carlson said.