Decatur, Miss. For the second straight year, East Central Community College in Decatur is included in the list of 25 Fastest Growing Community Colleges in the United States, according to the Dec. 9, 2013, issue of Community College Week, a national publication located in Selmer, Tenn.
East Central was ranked 20th in the list of two-year institutions with student enrollments from 2,500 to 4,999.
Officials say information for the report involved enrollment comparisons from 2011 to 2012, when East Central’s enrollment actually dropped from 2,675 to 2,494, a decrease of seven percent.
ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart said the slight enrollment decrease does not diminish the college’s success in attracting students, especially when compared to other state institutions.
“Although we dropped from sixth to 20th on this year’s list, East Central is one of only two community colleges in the state of Mississippi still on any list at all,” said Dr. Stewart. “And even though our enrollment dipped as did so many others, it was not as significant as other institutions, which allowed us to remain on this prestigious list. Our inclusion in publications highlighting the work of our nation’s community colleges goes a long way in realizing our vision of national recognition as a premier community college.”
East Central Community College received national recognition earlier in the year by Washington Monthly , which included the college in its 2013 College Guide’s rankings of America’s Best Community College. EC was ranked 23rd in the annual report.
Coahoma Community College ranked 24th on the list.
Meanwhile, registration for ECCC spring classes starts Jan. 3, with special activities for new and transfer students.
Students may register anytime from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Smith Student Union and Tucker Applied Technology Center. Spring classes begin Jan. 6.
For more information, contact ECCC Student Services, 601-635-6205 or call toll free, 877-462-3222, ext. 205. The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.