On the heels of a record Fall 2018 enrollment, TJC has set a new Spring semester record with 11,640 students currently enrolled.
The 92-year high for a Spring semester represents a 3.42% increase from Spring 2018, and a 16.7% increase over the past five years. The previous record was 11,427 in Spring 2017.
TJC offers classes in five locations as well as online, making opportunities for students flexible and convenient. In addition, many local high school students are attending TJC classes through dual enrollment and early college high school programs.
“What is so exciting about these records is that each number represents a student who is improving his or her life with education,” Chancellor and CEO Dr. Mike Metke said. “The lives of these students and their families will be changed forever and all of us will benefit from their new skills. More than 70% of our students come from within a 50-mile radius. These students will contribute to the future well-being of our region and make for a stronger East Texas for us all.”
“We are very excited to have hit historic high enrollment but more importantly, we are helping students fulfill their goals through education and work skills preparation,” said Kim Lessner, vice president, marketing and enrollment services & chief communications officer. “Expanding our registration and advising options and putting the student at the center of our decision-making are key reasons for our success.”
“The significant increase in enrollment is a great indicator of the value that students place on an education from our institution,” said Dr. Juan E. Mejia, TJC president for branch locations and district provost. “Because we know that education is key to economic development, regional prosperity and social mobility, we believe it is a great day of celebration.”
Established in 1926, TJC is one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in Texas. TJC offers more than 130 degree and certificate options, plus extensive customized training and adult and continuing education, and offers opportunities for students to transfer to senior universities or to gain the skills needed to go directly into the workforce. TJC is one of only four legacy community colleges in Texas authorized to offer up to five baccalaureate degrees.
TJC features a 145-acre main campus and multiple branch locations, rigorous academics, 60 national athletic championships, stellar fine and performing arts programs, modern residential facilities, and organizations and clubs that promote student diversity. The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program has named TJC as one of the top 150 community colleges in the nation.
Throughout its 92-year history, TJC has embodied the true sense of the term “community” and has as a cornerstone the promises of a quality education, a vibrant student life and service to its communities.
For more information, go to www.tjc.edu.