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College attendance falls

Krystle Wagner • Jul 21, 2015 at 1:11 PM

The Holland woman is one of 255 students taking Muskegon Community College courses at the Grand Haven Community Center this fall.

Although enrollment for the Grand Haven location has exceeded expectations, overall admissions for the local college is down by about 4 percent, said Dr. John Selmon, vice president of student services for the Muskegon-based college. The college has a little more than 4,800 students, down from last year's 5,600.

Lee Coggin, president of the Baker College Muskegon Campus, said they expect 5,200 students to enroll this fall, which is down by about 300 from last year.

Selmon attributed the drop in enrollment to the economy and workforce picking up, and people are taking either fewer or no credits.

“That’s probably the No. 1 pattern,” he said.

Another cause for the decrease could be the large number of students graduating from the college and not returning for more classes. Selmon said more than 700 MCC students received degrees last year.

While overall enrollment is down, the community college is seeing more veterans and incoming freshmen. MCC has 841 first-year students this fall, up from 827 last year.

Braeckeveldt said she’s taken classes at Grand Valley State University and Davenport, but they don’t compare to what MCC has to offer, especially at the Grand Haven campus.

“I like the smaller class sizes,” she said.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

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