By Tamara Kurth
Spring 2015 student enrollment numbers at El Paso Community College had a minor drop from last spring.
“The president would like enrollment to increase,” said Director of Institutional Research for EPCC, Dr. Carol Kay.
“Ideally, we want at least 30,000 students enrolled here at EPCC,” In Spring 2014, there were
27,376 students registered in classes.
Tamara Kurth / Tejano Tribune
Dr. Carol Kay, EPCC Director of Institutional Research
This spring, that number has gone down 475 students, with 26,901 now enrolled at EPCC.
“We have only a few hundred less students here than last spring semester and that could be for many reasons,” Kay said.
“When the economy grows or gets better, people tend to put schooling off and go to work since there are more jobs available.”
The spring enrollment drop may have been caused by multiple reasons, Kay said.
One reason is the number of first-time freshman goes up in the fall semesters, but back down in the spring semesters.
“We are trying to increase class offerings for our students and even adding more classes to our Summer I semester for student flexibility,” said Kay.
“EPCC is confident that with all the new developments that we are currently working on to help our students succeed, that we will experience a raise in the retention and graduation of EPCC students.”
It is too early to tell what enrollment numbers for this upcoming summer and fall semesters are going to look like but EPCC is hopeful the numbers will go up, according to Kay.
EPCC student Karla Quinonez said the enrollment numbers are surprising.
“I thought enrollment would be even lower because some people I know who were here last semester are not back this semester because of financial aid problems.”
About 75 percent of students at EPCC receive some type of financial assistance through grants, loans, or scholarships.
“I receive financial aid and I’m graduating this year and hope the best for EPCC.
Our population is growing in El Paso and that might bring more students here in the future,” said Quinonez.
An enrollment number that is rising at EPCC is with the Early College High School students.
Last Spring, its enrollment was at 1,497 and this spring it is at 1,777, an increase of 280 students.
Summer 2015 and Fall 2015 registration is now open for students interested in enrolling for classes.
EPCC registration and admissions questions can be answered online at epcc.edu/registration.
For more information contact Dr. Carol Kay at 831-2854 or online at firstname.lastname@example.org.