The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

August 21, 2013

New River enrollment up 2 percent

By Jessica Farrish

— Local colleges saw increases or expected level of enrollment this fall, officials report.

Enrollment at New River Community Technical College was up overall, around 2 percent, NRCTC Public Relations Director Barbara Elbert said Tuesday.

Campuses in Beckley and Greenbrier County saw slight increases in admissions, along with the Advanced Technology Center in Ghent.

Only the Nicholas County campus showed a statistically insignificant decrease in admissions, she added.

Elliott said that the “full-time equivalent” number of students is up minimally overall, at just under 1 percent.

“That is what we are really, particularly interested in, because that means that people are really here taking more than one or two classes and are pursuing a degree or certificate,” Elliott said.

She added that while an articulation agreement signed over the summer with University of Charleston-Beckley may contribute to an increased number of degree-seeking students in the future, she doesn’t believe it caused the increase this year.

“That came so late in the process, I wouldn’t think that would’ve been a heavy influence,” she said.

The agreement allows NRCTC students to seamlessly transition to a four-year program at UC.

Programs that saw increased enrollment included the cosmetology school and allied health courses such as practical nursing and EMT training at the Beckley campus and welding, line service and CDL licensing at the ATC, Elliott reported.

Appalachian Bible College in Bradley reported  an enrollment of 90 students, which is “about average” for the private college, said an admissions spokeswoman.

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