ASHEVILLE, NC – A-B Tech’s fall semester enrollment has reached a record high, according to the registration summary as of Sept. 17. The College has enrolled 7,495 curriculum students, a 6.7 percent increase over the 7,020 students from fall 2008.
“A-B Tech’s curriculum registration has reached nearly 7,500 this semester. We’re delighted that we can have this large impact on the education of Buncombe and Madison County residents,” said Dr. Dennis King, vice president of Student Services.
College transfer programs have the largest enrollment with more than 1,400 students, followed by Allied Health programs including growth in Medical Assisting, Veterinary Medical Technology, Surgical Technology and Emergency Medical Science.
“Our students realize that with smaller classes, taught by instructors who focus on teaching instead of publishing, they will receive excellent preparation to be successful wherever they transfer,” said Kenet Adamson, Arts and Sciences dean. “This is borne out by the state’s community college performance report documenting that our graduates outperform the North Carolina colleges’ and universities’ native students as juniors. Our significantly less expensive tuition in today’s economic environment also helps convince students to choose A-B Tech as a means to reduce the escalating cost of a higher education.”
“The employment outlook in Health Care and Public Service occupations has remained relatively strong during the recent cycle of higher unemployment and economic uncertainty. Enrollment in A-B Tech’s Allied Health and Public Service programs has also remained strong and in many cases increased as workers look to change careers or move forward in their current profession,” said Ned Fowler, Allied Health and Public Services dean. “Health care and public service programs continue to be an attractive option for students at the community college.”