Glen Oaks Community College is reporting a 7.3 percent increase in student headcount and a 10.1 percent increase in credit hours as enrollment numbers are finalized for the Winter 2018 semester. This represents an upward trend for the sixth straight semester, while the national community college enrollment trend has been on the decline.
“Our overall student headcount is 1,232 this semester,” said Glen Oaks President David H. Devier. “The largest share of our enrollment today is high school students – 52 percent to be exact. These students are taking advantage of the opportunity to get a jump start on their future with tuition costs paid by the state of Michigan.”
Glen Oaks has taken the lead in the state in high school enrollment. Program options for high school students include Dual Enrollment, Career and Technical Education (CTE) and Early Middle College (EMC).
“We are seeing increases in all three areas,” said Devier. “We have worked hard to continue to build partnerships with the Intermediate School District as well as the local school districts. The largest increase has been in our EMC program, where students follow a rigorous plan and attend an additional year (13th grade) at Glen Oaks to complete program requirements for an associate degree or certificate at the same time as receiving their high school diploma. Enrollment in this program has nearly doubled from last year.”
Glen Oaks offers Dual Enrollment courses where high school students earn college credit through classes held either at their high school or at the college.
Students enrolled in CTE courses with Glen Oaks take classes in Welding, Automotive Technology, Medical Occupations, Graphic Design, Computer Aided Drafting and Design, Gaming and Coding, Marketing, and Information Technology. These students may continue on with Glen Oaks after high school or enter the workforce in their technical field.