GCC Breaks Last Year’s Enrollment Record

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Guam – On the first day of classes at Guam Community College, the institution has broken its Fall Semester enrollment for the second year in a row.

[Caption: Incoming freshman A.J. Miralles (center) gives a “thumbs up” during New Student Orientation at Guam Community College on Tuesday, August 17. Today was the first day of classes at GCC, where enrollment is at an all-time high for the second year in a row.]

Enrollment for Fall Semester 2010 stands at 2,310 students. This preliminary number represents a two percent increase over the Fall Semester 2009 final count of 2,262 students. GCC officials expect enrollment to increase even more during the add/drop period from August 18-26. The final student count for this year’s Fall Semester will be determined following the add/drop period.

“Again, our increase in enrollment signals that our students know their opportunities and their hiring potential will increase with an associate’s degree or certificate under their belt. It also proves that the millions that the federal government has invested in GCC over the past two years is being put to good use,” said Dr. Mary Okada, GCC president.

Patrick Clymer, GCC Registrar, noted that this year, 53 percent of the students who registered for classes used GCC’s online registration system. Students can also pay for classes online at GCC.

“Our increase in online enrollment means that an unprecedented number of students – over 1,100 – did not come to campus to register,” said Dr. Ray Somera, GCC’s Academic Vice President. “We are so pleased that our movement to a unified digital campus was a good investment.”

The top three programs for which students have registered at the college are Criminal Justice, the Pre-Nursing certificate program, and the Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts.

Summer enrollment for 2010 also increased. A total of 533 students took classes at GCC this summer, as compared to summer 2009 enrollment of 478 students.