BCCC enrollment continues to surpass pre-pandemic levels
Posted at 12:11 a.m. on Thursday, August 25, 2022
Students returned to Beaufort County Community College (Beaufort CCC) with higher student numbers as enrollment continued to exceed pre-pandemic levels. Freshmen were welcomed by the college’s new centralized counseling center which gives them more personalized attention. College administrators attributed the increase in enrollment to Beaufort Promise, BCCC’s program to match students with funding to pay for all their tuition and fees, as well as increased enrollment in the Beaufort County Early College High School and upon return from teaching in correctional facilities.
“The Beaufort Promise has been a huge success, lifting Beaufort CCC out of its COVID-19 crisis and getting students back into classrooms,” a BCCC press release said. “Between the 2020-21 academic year and the 2021-2022 academic year, college enrollment (measured in full-time equivalents, or FTEs) increased 23% in its short-term training and college transfer programs, the number of students served (staff not duplicated) up 33%. Last year, enrollment exceeded pre-pandemic levels by 6%, and administrators expect that trend to continue for the current year.
The Beaufort Promise ensures that tuition and fees are covered for students taking college-credit courses or certification courses of 50 hours or more. The Beaufort Promise also covers testing fees for high school equivalency or GED students. Materials such as textbooks are not covered, although students can apply for additional scholarships. The program matches students with Pell grants, American Rescue Plan funding, the North Carolina Longleaf Commitment for recent high school graduates, short-term workforce development grants, and with private funding from the BCCC Foundation.
The new Centralized Counseling Center opened August 8 to help freshmen who have completed 16 credit hours or less register for classes and to provide a supportive centralized counseling model that provides ongoing attention and individualized to entry-level students who often have limited college experience. It provides additional support as students explore degree options and aligns their program choices with career plans or college transfer plans.
As of August 16, the centralized counseling center has already helped 400 students enroll and create a plan for their education.
Enrollment spiked two years ago at Beaufort County Early College High School, where students are taking college classes in their senior years. These expanded classes enabled an additional 20 students per year to take college courses.
The return of teaching in correctional facilities has also helped the college increase enrollment in the College and Career Readiness program, which includes core skills programs such as high school equivalency and English language acquisition. . During 2021-22, this program has grown by 20%. Last June, the program saw 66 students graduate, including 16 at Hyde Correctional Institution.
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, employers added 528,000 people across the country in July, unemployment fell to 3.5% and wages rose 5.2% from a year ago. . “With the help of national, state, county, and private funding, Beaufort CCC will continue to break down barriers to short-term training, high school equivalency, and college transfer so students can take full advantage of ‘a growing economy,’ said the Liberation.
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