More than 15,000 students enrolled at Metropolitan Community College

Omaha, NE – A slowing economy and rising gas prices are credited for Metropolitan Community College's enrollment boom.

Metro officials say 15,055 students are enrolled this fall semester. That's the largest enrollment in the school's history. Arthur Rich, Vice President of Campuses and Student Affairs, says people are recognizing the value of a community college education. Rich says when the economy slows, enrollment goes up. He also attributes the enrollment growth to high gas prices, online course offerings and flexible scheduling.

Rich says the enrollment increase poses challenges for Metro. But he says it's the type of challenge schools like to have.