Enrollment is up as students see community college as attractive option

    COUNTY – Iowa Western Community College’s Shelby County Center has seen an uptick in enrollment this fall, attributable to everything from adults returning to college and distance learning options to community college affordability and an increase in part-time students.
    “We are very lucky to have a community college right here in our county,” said Lori Stitz, IWCC Shelby County Center Director.  “Community colleges provide opportunities for high school students to earn college credit, it’s a place to learn vocational skills or earn certification for a career change.”
    The Harlan-based center grew by 35 students (36.5 percent) this fall, and brought in 280 more credit hours (28.7 percent), a huge number as compared to the past few years.  Enrollment last fall was 96 and the previous year was 103.

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