Fall enrollment at Crowder College has set another record, the college recently announced.
Student enrollment numbers for the fall 2013 semester stood at 5,845 students, a 4.6 increase from the fall 2012 term.
Dr. Kent Farnsworth, interim president of Crowder College, credited two things with the enrollment increase.
"Probably one is dual enrollment," Farnsworth said. "That has grown this year as a lot of students take the opportunity to take [college] classes while in high school. That helps each year. And we've had some pretty significant numbers at Webb City and McDonald County. McDonald County is growing in anticipation of a new building which will open in January. We have temporary sites in both areas that are holding classes. Webb City is just maxed out. We expect that count to grow after we open a new building."
Crowder College has locations in Neosho, Cassville, Nevada, and Webb City. A new facility will open in McDonald County this spring, with an expansion for Webb City planned to be completed by next fall. Crowder also offers classes in Carthage, Monett, Greenfield, Lamar and Mt. Vernon. The college also offers more than 80 degree and certificate programs that provide students the opportunity to earn a degree and transfer to a four-year university or to enter the workforce.
Crowder recently announced plans to work with the Neosho R-5 School District to allow high school students to also pursue an associate's degree while also earning high school credit. Farnsworth said this too will boost enrollment at Crowder somewhat, but earning the simultaneous degrees will be challenging for students.
"They will have to be really diligent," he said.