Montcalm Community College board studies trends for spring 2013

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 2:21 pm on Saturday, March 02, 2013

SIDNEY — The Montcalm Community College (MCC) Board of Trustees looked at the trends related to enrollment for the spring semester of 2013 at the college.

MCC Vice President of Academic Affairs Rob Spohr presented the enrollment trends to the board during its monthly MCC Board of Trustees meeting on Feb. 18.

He highlighted to the board where the college is seeing the most change.

Spohr broke the dual enrollment numbers down per school to show, which schools increased their enrollment, which decreased from spring 2012 to spring 2013.

The schools that increased their dual enrollment counts include Tri County, with an increase of 13 students, Lakeview, with an increase of seven, and Cedar Springs, with six.

Schools that saw the most decrease in students participating in dual enrollment include Montabella with a decrease of 15 students, Lakeview with a decrease of 11 and Fulton with five.

Overall, MCC saw decrease in dual enrollment by only one student — from 225 students in spring 2012 to 224 in spring 2013.

“The dual enrollment total is about the same this year,” Spohr said, noting it’s the largest number the school has seen since spring 2008, which was at 243.

Overall, the automotive class at MCC is down from spring 2012 to spring 2013.

In contact hours, Spohr said the number dropped from 305 hours to 147. The number of students also decreased by 32.

Spohr said he believes the numbers are down because the class is only offered at night. In the future, MCC is hoping to offer day classes to increase enrollment.

“What does (the automotive department) do?” asked Trustee Joyce Kitchenmaster.

Through the program, Spohr explained students are certified for five out of the eight certifications to help them jump-start their career.

“This one is interesting,” Spohr said of the criminal justice program. “The numbers have really increased.”

Since spring 2012, the number of contact hours grew from 153 to 225, along with an increase in students, which saw a jump of 36.

With this increase, the college added an extra section, jumping from seven to eight.

Although more sections of developmental English have not been added at MCC, the numbers are steadily increasing.

“More and more students are testing into it,” Spohr said.

The student count rose by 54 students and the contact hours rose by 18 hours during the past year.

Kitchenmaster asked if students are testing into it because there was not enough of the subject in high school.

MCC President Robert Ferrentino said it depends on the school. Some students had schools that focused more on literature while others focused on different topics.

“They all have different backgrounds,” Ferrentino said, of the students testing into developmental English.

MCC will continue to monitor the trends and see what the impact the new Greenville campus will have on the outcome.

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