For the first time this decade, the North Carolina Community College System has seen an enrollment spike. In the fall 2019 semester, there was a 4.4% increase in enrollment and a 9.4% increase in short-term workforce education.
Fall enrollment numbers increased in 53 of the 58 North Carolina community colleges across the state.
Peter Hans, the system president, said that, “More people are on their way to meaningful careers and brighter futures,” according to the Greensboro News & Record.
Governor Cooper has highlighted community college as a valuable path for North Carolinians to gain employment or improve their current position. Cooper created the Finish Line Grants program, which provides funding in case of financial emergencies to ensure community college students can complete their degrees no matter what circumstances may arise.