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ULLIN — Enrollment at Shawnee Community College is at an all-time high.

Figures released this week show a 6 percent increase in the college’s spring enrollment over last year, which puts student headcount at 2,592. But this number does not include dual credit courses — which have not yet been counted — or late start classes, which begin Feb. 8.

“It’s possible that we will see an overall increase of 10 percent this semester,” said Larry Peterson, president of Shawnee Community College. “We are consistently seeing strong numbers and this is very good growth.”

In addition to the number of students choosing Shawnee Community College, the number of credit hours being taken by students is also on the increase. This semester, under the current headcount, credit hours have reached 25,082, up 1,500 from last year.

Peterson also explained that the college is offering a record number of late-start classes. These, he said, are day, evening, Internet and distance learning courses that cover a wide variety of curriculums. Students are encouraged to begin registering now for those classes.

“These classes range from agriculture and art to biology, math, English, social work and many others,” Peterson said.

The record spring semester numbers at Shawnee Community College follow a 21 percent increase in enrollment during the fall semester.

All of this has been accomplished at a time when state funding has been slow to arrive and difficult to count on.

“We are off to a great start in 2010 and we are going to keep promoting our college and what it has to offer more now than ever,” Peterson said.

Sharon Felker and Shannon Woodworth write for Shawnee Community College.

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