Guam -As fast as Guam Community College can construct buildings, students are filling them up.
Postsecondary enrollment for the college’s Spring 2011 semester is at a record-breaking 2,359 students, with 205 more students registered than during Spring 2010 enrollment, representing a nine percent increase. In the past two years, GCC has experienced a 28 percent increase in its Spring Semester enrollment, and a 26 percent increase it its Fall Semester enrollment. Enrollment for Fall Semester 2010 was 2,480 postsecondary students. The college also serves over 2,000 secondary students taking GCC career and technical education courses in the five GDOE high schools.
“We are inspired by our students’ confidence in GCC’s ability to provide them with the education and the skills they will need to become productive members of Guam’s workforce,” said Dr. Mary Okada, GCC president. “We are also encouraged by President Barack Obama’s pledge to revitalize community colleges. We will take advantage of all grant funding opportunities to expand our facilities and grow our programs to continue to meet the needs of our students and the business community,” Okada said.
In his State of the Union speech on January 25, President Obama noted that, “Over the next 10 years, nearly half of all new jobs will require education that goes beyond a high school education.” Okada noted that GCC is using ARRA funding made available by the Obama administration last year to expand parking lots in order to accommodate the growth in the student population. ARRA funding was also used to partially fund GCC’s new LEED-certified Learning Resource Center, and is fully funding the construction of the new Student Center. She also credits GCC’s continuous increase in enrollment to its $110-per-credit-hour price, which the college has been able to maintain for the past three years.
Students attend the New Student Orientation at Guam Community College on January 18.