Northshore Technical Community College in Greensburg experienced an 18 percent spring 2015 enrollment increase, said Chancellor William Wainwright. “This increase represents a record enrollment for the college,” Wainwright said.

Dean Sharon Hornsby said expanded outreach efforts centered on a broadened mission of advancing increased general education transferable course opportunities, coupled with increased high school dual enrollment resulting from a Department of Education and Louisiana Community and Technical College System Jump Start initiative, are two leading factors for the enrollment increase.

State funding supporting high-wage, high-skill demand training such as in welding, drafting and design technology, and information technology also attributed to the enrollment increase, she said.

“Market-driven relevant technical education programs are mission critical as we grow a strong Louisiana economy and ensure the training needs of business and industry stakeholders,” said Wainwright. Additional college efforts centered on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) are providing added emphasis on high-wage and high-skill training available for greater Northshore communities, he said.

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