State Fair Community College fall 2011 enrollment is up over the first day of fall classes last year.

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Press release from State Fair Community College

Sedalia-State Fair Community College fall 2011 enrollment is up 3 percent over the first day of fall classes last year, setting a record high for the second year in a row. Classes began Aug. 22.

This semester, 4,753 students are enrolled at the Sedalia campus and extended campus sites, a 3 percent increase over last fall. The college has nearly 1,100 first-time freshmen.

The number of credit hours at SFCC also rose by 3 percent. Students this semester are enrolled in 52,498 credit hours, 1,870 credit hours more than last year on the first day.

SFCC President Dr. Marsha Drennon said the college is offering more courses at extended campus locations, more online classes and complete degree programs online, which have made college more accessible for more students.

The college also is seeing strong interest in new programs, she said, including Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees in Health Care Specialist and Metals Technology, as well as AAS degrees in “green” programs such as Sustainable Agriculture and Renewable Energy Technology with three different emphases: Biomass Energy, Wind Electric and Solar Electric.

“Our growth is possible because of the tremendous support we receive throughout our 14-county service area,” said Drennon. “We are always looking for ways to provide new services and programs that meet the workforce and economic needs of the communities we serve.”