Classes at Glen Oaks Community College began this week with student enrollment up 16 percent.

Glen Oaks is only one of just five Michigan Community Colleges reporting enrollment increases (Alpena: 2.9 percent, Gogebic: .93 percent, Lake Michigan 1.7 percent and Washtenaw: 4.5 percent). Most of Michigan’s community colleges are reporting continued declines between 2 and 10 percent.

Last year, Glen Oaks experienced a 2.7 percent increase in fall semester enrollment, turning the corner on a five-year downward trend.

“We still have about 200 Career and Technical Education (CTE) students to enroll,” said Dr. David Devier, Glen Oaks president. “I expect the final numbers to show about a 10 percent increase in students  and about the same in contact hours. We’ve worked hard to make the necessary changes to better meet the needs of our student population.”

“In the last couple of years, we have added new associate and certificate degree programs, reintroduced programs that had previously been shut down when interest was low, and formed new partnerships with four-year institutions to help create pathways for programs,” said Devier. “In addition, many of our programs are now offered in a variety of formats, such as online, evenings, and the open-entry/open-exit lab concept, in an effort to offer more flexibility to our students, particularly those who are in the workforce.”

The college’s largest increase has recently been in the high school population as CTE student enrollment and dual enrollment are both up, and the Early Middle College program was officially launched earlier this year.

“The high school enrollment trend will continue to increase as the Early Middle College expands. Through this program, students plan their curriculum early on, take college classes during high school and finish with an associate degree or vocational certificate by adding one year to their high school careers.”

Photo Caption: Glen Oaks President David Devier welcomed students this to the campus on the first day of fall semester classes. Students received academic planners as a welcome gift from the college.