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Fewer Students Are Going To Community College, Despite High Unemployment

Added 09-24-20 01:07:01am EST - “Often during a recession, enrollment in community colleges goes up. The first numbers for this fall show a decline ?" down nearly 8% compared with last year.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Fewer Students Are Going To Community College, Despite High Unemployment”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Students at Grand Rapids Community College pass out t-shirts to promote virtual student life offerings during the fall semester. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

Students at Grand Rapids Community College pass out t-shirts to promote virtual student life offerings during the fall semester.

Enrollment at U.S. community colleges has dropped nearly 8 percent this fall, newly released figures show, part of an overall decline in undergraduate enrollment as students face a global pandemic and the worst economic recession in decades.

Often, enrollment in higher education spikes in times of high unemployment and recession, as students seek additional job skills and postpone entering the workforce. But the pandemic has overturned those traditional calculations, according to preliminary data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, which tracks college enrollment.

Hardest hit were community colleges, which traditionally serve lower-income students and those seeking additional career skills. The enrollment drop comes as many of those schools face a host of new financial pressures.

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