There are two explanations for last year’s 6 percent drop in community college enrollment.
One is worth a party. According to the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, more Washingtonians are finding jobs and drifting away from school.
The other is disturbing. Marty Brown, executive director of the board, says that rising costs are likely scaring off would-be students.
That’s pretty much self-evident, given that tuition has risen by 12 percent each of the last two years. It now costs $4,000 a year to attend a community college – about what it cost to attend the University of Washington 10 years ago.