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Contact: Marilynn Fryer
(517) 796-8466
December 8, 2010
For immediate release

JCC one of fastest-growing two-year colleges in U.S.

Jackson Community College is one of the fastest-growing community colleges in the United States, according to a recent edition of Community College Week.

The national newsletter for community, technical and junior colleges released a special report detailing how colleges across the nation are dealing with surging enrollment in these difficult economic times. JCC is ranked No. 36 on the top 50 fastest-growing public two-year colleges with enrollments of 5,000-9,999, with 17 percent increase in enrollment from Fall 2008 to Fall 2009. JCC saw student headcount increase 1,123 students to 7,729 in Fall 2009 from 6,606 in 2008.  

The Community College Week analysis shows that overall, enrollment at public two-year community colleges jumped an average of 8.3 percent between 2008 and 2009. It explores the shifting emphasis from access to education to completion and graduation.

At JCC, officials say the economy does play a part in the enrollment increase, but the College has moreover made several improvements to its Jackson campus and Lenawee and Hillsdale campuses in recent years that are drawing more students. Quality academic programs are also a drawing card for students. JCC has also added intercollegiate athletics and on-campus student housing has made JCC competitive in offering more of a “total college” experience.

“At JCC, we continue to focus on the success of our students, and I believe more and more students are recognizing that and seeing the value in a community college education,” said Cindy Allen, executive director of community relations and the performing arts. “It is also a fact that more people of all backgrounds are recognizing the need for a college education in order to develop the skills necessary in today’s workforce.”

Three other Michigan schools on the lists include:

  • Bay Mills Community College, No. 37 of 50 fastest-growing colleges with enrollments under 2,500, 21 percent increase in enrollment;
  • Lake Michigan College, No. 45 of 50 fastest-growing colleges with enrollments of 2,500-4,999, 19 percent increase in enrollment;
  • Henry Ford Community College, No. 49 of 50 fastest-growing colleges with enrollments of 10,000 or more, 13 percent increase in enrollment.