Michigan Community Colleges See Enrollment Dip After Years Of Growth

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

For the past decade, enrollment at Michigan's community colleges have been on a steep, upward trajectory.

Now, community colleges are seeing their numbers begin to fall.

In Southwest Michigan, Kalamazoo Valley Community College says its enrollment is down 5 percent for the 2011 fall semester, which begins Tuesday. and Glen Oaks Community College in Centreville is down 3.5 percent.

"That's the range we're hearing across the state, 3 to 5 percent," said Mike Hansen, president of the Michigan Community College Association.

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