Omaha Public Radio News
11:14 am
Fri September 30, 2011

Metropolitan Community College enrollment tops 18,500

Omaha, NE – More than 18,000 students are enrolled at Metropolitan Community College this fall.

Online credit hours are up six percent from last fall, and total enrollment is 18,518 students. David Ho is Vice President of Academic Affairs. He says credit hours are up in general education study areas such as math and science.

Ho says Metro's trades programs are also experiencing growth. "In applied technology, auto technology, construction technology, industrial and commercial trades, which would include carpentry and machining, they're up. In the business area, things like entrepreneurship, especially as people look to see how they may help themselves in a weak economy through business startups and things of that nature, entrepreneurship is up."

Metro Community College's enrollment is up 31 percent over the past five years. This year's numbers are nearly the same as last fall. Ho says the college has adapted to handle its growth.

Ho says the College's business, entrepreneurship, legal studies, and health classes are growing in popularity.