at HCC is up for fall 2008
semester 2008 enrollments in curriculum programs are in and
Halifax Community College’s numbers are up. Enrollment was
up four percent overall, with full-time numbers showing a
14.4% increase over last fall. All total, 1,377 students
have enrolled at HCC for the fall 2008 compared to 1,325
Fall 2007. These results equal a two percent increase in
full-time equivalency numbers on which annual funding is
Gender-based figures showed that male enrollment went up 11%
and female enrollment remained even. Minority males showed a
dramatic 18% increase in enrollment as well.
The HCC population is getting younger, too. Those under 18
equaled a six percent increase, while those 18-24 years old
went up 20.4%. Now, the average age of an HCC student is 28,
down from an average age of 38 in previous years. Minority
students make up 52% in total enrollment, while white
students comprise 46% of the population.
Students coming from Halifax County made up a little more
than 1,000 students, increasing by six percent. About 73% of
HCC students live in the county. Student numbers from
Northampton County increased by four percent and make up
about 19% of the student body. About 21% of HCC students are
freshmen (new for fall ’08), new transfer students make up
another nine percent, and 70% are returning students.
The largest numbers of incoming freshman students came from
Roanoke Rapids High School, Halifax Academy, Northwest
Halifax, Northampton County High School East, Southeast
Halifax, Weldon High School, Northampton County High School
West, and Hobgood Academy.
Those in college transfer programs make up 48% of the
student population and those enrolled in Associate in
Applied Science programs total 52%. Those seeking a degree
went up four percent, a diploma 11%, and a certificate 16%.
“It looks like we are making progress in the right areas.
Our enrollment management team made up of student service
staff, faculty, and students are reaching out to different
groups in our community and they are responding positively,”
said HCC President, Dr. Ervin V. Griffin, Sr. Griffin also
credits some of the increased enrollment to the downturn in
the economy and the need for constituents to gain
much-needed job skills to thrive in a tougher job market.