East Central Community College in Decatur reports a record number of 2,841 students enrolled for the fall semester.
The new record surpasses the previous mark of 2,735 students who registered for fall classes in 2004.
ECCC president, Dr. Phil A. Sutphin, attributes economic conditions and the college’s tuition and staff as reasons for the record enrollment.
“During economic down turns, college enrollment usually increases as people who may have lost their jobs are going to college to learn another trade or enter a new profession," said Sutphin. "Some also return to the classroom to receive specialized training to improve their workforce skills.“
Tuition at ECCC is $800 per semester.