Higher Education Center enrollment grows 54 percent in three years
PJC Information Services

Jan. 26, 2005 - Enrollment at the Sulphur Springs Higher Education Center grew again this spring, keeping intact a trend of growth that started in 2001.

A total of 706 students enrolled at the Higher Education Center (formerly known as Sulphur Springs Technical Center) in January, eclipsing last spring's enrollment of 657 by 49 students.

"It is great to see so many people in our area attending college," said Higher Education Center Director Dr. Linda Bennett. "We welcome each of our students this spring, and encourage others to consider continuing their education. Whether you want to be a full time student, or go to college part-time, we can accommodate your schedule."

Enrollment at the Sulphur Springs Center has grown by 248 students since 2001, when the spring enrollment was 458.

Growth was evident this spring throughout the Paris Junior College system, which the High Education Center is a part of. Overall enrollment in Paris, Sulphur Springs and Greenville reached 3,926 students, an increase of 3.4 percent over last spring and more than 8 percent above two years ago.

A total of 982 students are registered at the Greenville Center, an increase of 84 students above last spring.

In addition to the student population growth, the college also grew in the number of hours students are taking, according to Dr. Jerry Hammack, director of institutional research for PJC.

Dr. Hammack said that contact hours increased by 3.4 percent, from 913,192 in 2004 to 941,573 hours, or an increase of over 30,000 contact hours over last year. Contact hours are the measure of the total number of classes in which students enroll during the semester.

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