CMC enrollment holding steady

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Spring semester student enrollment at Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus is expected to remain on par with the high number of students who registered for classes last fall.

Director of Student Services Brian Hoza said the two-year community college anticipates a spring semester enrollment of 650 degree-seeking students.

Hoza anticipates between 90 and 100 new students. The new students will replace a similar number of students who left the school after the fall semester ended in December.

The college has seen enrollment numbers increase in each of the past three years, a trend school officials attribute to a steady tuition rate, increasing academic requirements at other higher education institutions and the increased likelihood that credits earned at two-year schools will transfer to four-year, in-state universities.

CMC hasn't raised tuition fees in three years but may need to raise them slightly in the fall. Any potential increase will be minimal compared to the double-digit increases imposed by other Colorado higher education institutions, Hoza said.

"We're happy to be in a growth mode," he said. "It's a good position to be in considering the situations some of the other colleges and universities are in. We're not facing some of the pressures that they are."

The state's budget woes have resulted in severe funding cuts for many colleges and universities. The Colorado Mountain College system of schools is funded primarily through district property taxes, a funding mechanism that has helped CMC avoid program cuts and tuition increases.

"We're pleased to be holding strong enrollments and to be able to offer full programs," Hoza said.

In addition to the 650 degree-seeking students who will take courses at CMC this spring, the college anticipates another 1,200 to 1,400 people will register for continuing education, special interest and lifelong learning courses.

Course registration is under way for the spring semester, which begins Jan. 17. CMC course bulletins are available at the school and on its Web site, Hoza said.

-- To reach Brent Boyer call 871-4234

or e-mail bboyer@steamboatpilot.com

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