Enrollment at Grand Rapids Community College might have peaked, with the number of students planning to attend the fall semester falling by 5 percent so far, President Steven Ender said.
The college won't know for sure until after the Aug. 29 start of classes, but so far the figures are down from last year's record. Should the numbers hold and continue through the winter semester, the college would face a $800,000 budget hit on a $102 million spending plan.
“We've been experiencing unprecedented growth during the last two years, and I think a part of that was people taking advantage of resources out there for retraining that are being scaled back,” Ender told trustees on Monday.
The 18,142 full-time students in January was 222 higher than the fall count, which was a 5.5 percent increase over the fall of 2009. That followed a 13 percent jump.