Chattahoochee Technical College continues to post strong enrollment numbers.
According to figures released Wednesday, the two-year institution has 9,921 students registered for fall semester classes at its eight campuses and online.
“We’re continuing to see interest in technical education, especially in our business, health care and welding programs,” Executive Vice President Trina Boteler said in a press release. “In addition, our Move On When Ready student population has grown more than 57 percent in the past year, while our welding program has grown 79 percent.”
The Marietta location continues to have the most students attending class on campus, with 3,907 registered for fall semester, followed by the North Metro campus in Acworth, with 2,963.
Next in line is the Canton campus, with 869 students. The Paulding location serves 840 students, and the Mountain View campus in east Cobb has 766 students. The Appalachian campus in Jasper is home to 408 students, while the Woodstock site, which just reopened after being renovated, has 316 students. The Austell location has 30 students.
“Each campus enrollment indicates the number of students taking at least one class at that campus,” said Scott Rule, vice president for student affairs and technology, explaining why the campus numbers total more than the fall enrollment figure. “Yet, one of the strengths of CTC is that our students can take classes at any of our campuses, and many do attend more than one campus — in addition to the online option. So, if a student is taking one or more classes at multiple campuses, he or she will be counted at each campus, but the student is only counted once per campus, even if taking more than one course at that particular campus.”
As with last fall, online courses remain a popular choice for instruction, with 3,908 students registered to take one or more classes on the computer this semester.
“The versatility of our online courses continues to be a draw for students balancing work, family and higher education,” President Dr. Ron Newcomb said in the release.
Programs available online include accounting, business administrative technology, business management, criminal justice technology, fire science, logistics and supply chain management and marketing management.
The college also has dual-enrollment partnerships with the Bartow County College and Career Academy (BCCCA) and Cartersville High School that are exposing more students to its course offerings as well as the value of a technical college education.
“We are pleased to work with local high schools to help students reach their higher education goals,” CTC officials said in a statement. “High school students can take college courses while still in high school, which allows them to earn college credits before graduating from high school. High school students taking advantage of this program, Move On When Ready (MOWR), pay no tuition or fees and get free books. This makes a college education much more affordable for many families.”
The number of dual-enrolled students at BCCCA — in its third year as CTC’s partner — jumped to 75 this fall, up from 23 last fall.
This semester marks the beginning of CTC’s dual-enrollment partnership with CHS, and 13 students registered to take college classes on that campus.
“We are very pleased to see increased interest and look forward to continuing our partnership with Bartow County and Cartersville City schools,” officials said.
Through the BCCCA, the college offers general academic core classes that will transfer to Board of Regents schools in Georgia, as well as welding and joining technology for the public in the evening.
“At this point, we are slated to offer a certified nursing assistant course in the spring,” officials said. “In addition, many of the BCCCA students have taken additional technical courses in an online format.”
Cartersville High students can take an introductory English and an introductory economics course on the school campus.
New this fall is the barbering program, which offers a 52-hour barbering diploma for students new to the hair care industry and a 19-hour barbering for cosmetologists certificate for current master cosmetologists who want to hold the master barber license.
“There is considerable demand for workers in this field, so a barbering program serves our communities and students well,” officials said.
So far, four students have enrolled in the program, “due to an intentional ‘soft’ opening,” according to the statement from the college.
“There will be an open house on Nov. 10 from 4 to 6 p.m. to help create more awareness of the new program,” it said. “The barbering lab is currently under construction and is scheduled to be completed in time for spring semester.”
The first course, Introduction to Barber/Styling Implements, is being taught online by Jerome Heath this semester, and future classes, which will include the history of barbering, hygiene, life skills, personality, professional ethics and self-management, will be scheduled for the Marietta campus.
The diploma program is designed to be taught over four semesters: general education classes including English, math, computers and psychology in the first semester; shop management, sterilization and sanitation, anatomy and introduction to cutting in the second semester; the lab setting, where they learn to cut, shave, color and perform facial treatments on live models, in the third semester; and performing daily services in the lab and preparing for the state board exam in the fourth semester.