Enrollment in Wyoming's seven community colleges declined 4.4 percent in 2012-2013 from the previous year's record. Officials attribute the drop to fewer high school graduates and fewer oil and gas workers moving to the state.
"In general terms ... after a number of years in recent history of pretty significant increases, we're now at a point where things have really leveled off," Jim Rose, executive director of the Wyoming Community College Commission, said Tuesday.
According to statistics compiled by the Wyoming Community College System, 26,925 students attended the colleges based in Casper, Powell, Cheyenne, Rock Springs, Riverton, Sheridan and Torrington in 2012-13. In 2011-12, the system recorded 28,170 students.