Falling Behind in NC

Falling Behind: Community College Enrollment Soars as Funding Falls

Community colleges train the state’s workforce and support the economic development goals of the state.  During downturns, community colleges are one of the institutions that see their enrollment increase significantly as workers return to upgrade their skills or retrain for new careers.  This recession was no exception, with community college enrollment increasing by 27 percent since Fiscal Year 2007-08.  Despite this growing demand, the state’s investment to ensure that community colleges can continue to serve a growing student population with the relevant and effective education and skills training declined by 1 percent.  Without adequately funding community colleges, North Carolina is falling behind and losing a key tool in the effort to achieve and sustain long-term economic growth.

3 Comments

  1. Alex

    June 7, 2012 at 10:47 am

    The smart thing to do is shrink the bloated UNC system, and re-direct more funds to the community colleges. We’re turning out way too many general BA’s when jobs do not exist for them.

  2. david esmay

    June 7, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Really, Alex? One of our son’s will have have to return to Chapel Hill for a fifth year in order graduate because of cut backs in course offerings and increasing demand for those courses. The only thing that is bloated, is the rhetoric from conservatives.

  3. Alex

    June 7, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    He may have some of the same problems his Dad has seeing the big picture !