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North Carolina community colleges see increase in enrollment, workforce education

North Carolina’s community college system has seen its first spike in enrollment in the past decade, according to officials.

The North Carolina Community College System saw a 4.4 percent increase in enrollment in the fall 2019 semester and a higher increase in short-term workforce education – 9.4 percent.

The system’s president, Peter Hans, said higher enrollment numbers could lead to better employment for North Carolinians.

“We’re closing the skills gap with this level of growth,” Hans said. “It means more people are on their way to meaningful careers and brighter futures.”
North Carolina’s 58 community colleges have a compiled student body of about 700,000 students a year. Enrollment numbers in the fall increased at 53 of the institutions.

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