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VHCC Experiences Increase in Enrollment for Fall Semester

Post Date:10/16/2018 11:00 AM

Virginia Highlands Community College is one of only four community colleges in the state to realize an increase in full-time equivalent enrollment compared with Fall 2017.

The state’s community college system office is reporting that total headcount grew 2.6 percent at VHCC while the average enrollment among Virginia’s 24 community colleges decreased 5.8 percent.

“We're always excited to start a new academic year, but especially excited this fall with increased enrollment,” stated Brandon Dotson, Dean of Enrollment Management & Student Services. According to Dotson, there were significant increases and enhancements in the areas of dual enrollment, student services, and health-related programs including a new practical nursing program.

In overhauling VHCC’s New Student Orientation, communication with incoming students was greatly improved. Academic Counselor Michael McBride says the college’s team of financial and admissions advisers did a wealth of things differently and sooner this year to combat any shortcomings. “We started working earlier in the summer to ensure students were set, academically and financially, and ready to go on the first day of class.”

Also new this semester, the college has tried to reduce the cost of textbooks through a partnership with Cengage Unlimited, a publisher that provides one-of-a-kind access to digital learning platforms and e-books in addition to affordable textbook rentals.

VHCC President, Dr. Gene Couch, stated, “Our faculty and staff have done a great job focusing on providing support for students throughout the enrollment process so that they can be set up for success while they are here.”

Another area of campus that experienced tremendous growth since last year is Dual Enrollment, with an increase of 12.2 percent since the fall of 2017. With more and more classes being offered that lead to an associate’s degree, particularly in career and technical programs, Dual Enrollment has seen a steady increase over the last five years. 

Virginia Highlands has transfer agreements in place with Emory & Henry College, East Tennessee State University, and King University, making it possible for VHCC graduates to transition seamlessly to any of these institutions to complete the requirements for a bachelor’s degree. 

New students are currently being accepted for Spring Semester 2019, which begins Jan. 7. For additional information or registration assistance, please call VHCC Student Services at (276) 739-2438. 

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