BRCC enrollment down but starting to rebound

Published: May. 5, 2022 at 3:42 PM EDT
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WEYERS CAVE, Va. (WVIR) - Community colleges around the country are seeing a decline in enrollment, according to a recent Roanoke Times report.

Blue Ridge Community College says it is seeing this trend, too. However, BRCC says summer class enrollment is up 5% and fall semester enrollment is up 8% compared to this time last year.

“We’re hoping that the tide is turning and that some students or prospective students are seeing that investing right now in getting a better education can result in a better job,” BRCC President John Downey said.

Blue Ridge Community College believes the labor shortage is playing a role in the decline in enrollment.

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