courtesy of the Emporia Gazette
Record FHTC enrollment
By Monica Springer (Contact) of the Emporia Gazette
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Enrollment at Flint Hills Technical College this semester is at the highest it has ever been, the board of trustees learned on Monday afternoon.
There are 655 students enrolled in classes. Of those, 541 are enrolled full-time with at least 15 credit hours, said Lisa Kirmer, dean of student services.
Those numbers include more than 80 students enrolled in the business administrative technology program, more students than the program has ever seen. In fall 2008, the program had 36 students.
“The numbers are just amazing,” Kirmer said.
Some of that increase, Kirmer said, is because students are taking classes online. In the business program, she said about 20 students are enrolled in the classes online. At the next meeting, Kirmer said, she would bring figures that indicate how many students total chose to take courses online.
“Online is the fastest growing area,” said Dean Hollenbeck, president. “We’re trying to put courses online. They’re all working on this.”
The record-breaking enrollment has the college working through a few challenges right now, Hollenbeck said. He said in the coming days the college will decide whether it needs more adjunct staff to handle the increasing student load, and will even consider hiring more instructors. “It’s a good problem to have,” said Brad Kraft, trustee.
At the board meeting Kirmer gave the trustees a print out of the enrollment for the past three years.
Enrollment has climbed 95 students from last year’s head count of 560 students, and has climbed 153 students from fall 2008.
Kirmer said the numbers may shift in the future if students decide to drop classes. Classes at FHTC started on Monday.
Also at the meeting, Steve Harmon, director of external affairs, and Rachael LeClear, general education and community education coordinator, gave the board a report of the Business and Industry Center/Community Connections.
The Business and Industry Training Center provides opportunities for professional, personal and workforce development, and so far in 2010 the program’s clients include Westar and Wolf Creek.
LeClear said Community Connections provides several entities with public relations assistance, including the Emporia Chamber of Commerce, Emporia Main Street, Kansas Works and the City of Emporia, along with others.
LeClear and Harmon said in the future they want to continue to provide customized training at FHTC, develop a Business and Industry Training Center Program advisory board and start an annual instructor and student reception.