Enrollment down at community colleges in Tennessee

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — With millions of lost jobs and families learning and working from home educators believe it is no surprise that fewer people enrolled in community college this year.

The College System of Tennessee reports an 11.5% drop in enrollment in comparison to last year and if you break that down into subgroups like adult students, that number spikes as high at 19%.

“They’ve got lots of other obligations taking care of family,” Roane State President Chris Whaley said.

His college saw a 13% drop for the Fall semester.

“Sometimes school is the one thing you can’t add to that schedule,” he added.

He said non-traditional adults accounted for much of that as well as dual credit high school students. As spring approaches, while they hope for better it might not change just yet.

“We think it will probably be where it was at for the fall,” Whaley said.

Over at Pellissippi State enrollment took a dip too.

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