Community colleges seeing increased growth as students head back to school

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The growing popularity of community college is more than just affordability.

According to Pitt Community College President, Dennis Massey, the school has seen a steady increase in the past five years of students coming to their school.

This year alone PCC has nine thousand students enrolled.

While many first-generation college students are making their mark on campus, so are those that are already in the workforce but are trying to up their education to reach their next employment goal.

“I’d say about half of our students are really aiming at certificate or degree programs that will position them in immediate employment,” said Massey.

He also says community colleges are on the rise thanks to numerous other factors. Those include convenience, flexibility, higher acceptance rates, lower risk and of course that lower price tag.

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