Colorado Northwestern Community College-Craig (CNCC-Craig) began classes Monday with 315 students enrolled.
"This is a good number to start off with," said June Silva, CNCC-Craig assistant registrar. "Enrollment numbers will increase as the semester goes on."
According to Silva, the majority of students are taking core classes, which are required for graduation, such as college algebra, sociology and speech. Computer-related courses are also popular.
Most full-time students, those taking 12 or more credits in one semester, are preparing for an associate of arts or associate of science degree, according to Silva.
CNCC-Craig has open enrollment, meaning students may enroll in classes throughout the semester.
Numbers will increase as early as next week as Moffat County High School (MCHS) students will begin their dual-enrollment classes. The final day of the semester for MCHS is this Friday and about 80 MCHS students will participate in the dual-enrollment program, which allows junior and senior high school students to take classes at CNCC-Craig via video satellite. Some high school students will also take on-site classes at CNCC-Craig.
Other factors deemed to increase enrollment include online classes offered through CNCC. According to Dean Hollenbeck, vice president of CNCC-Craig, the Colorado Community College Online Consortium (CCC Online) is comprised of the 14 colleges in the Colorado Community Colleges and Occupational Education System (CCCOES) and allows students to earn fully accredited degrees and certifications in various disciplines. CCC Online also allows students to take individual courses that apply to a degree at CNCC. The college offers a number of classes through this service in areas from accounting to philosophy.
"These online training courses will increase enrollment numbers," Silva said.
Community education classes, held throughout the semester, will also bring the current number of enrolled students closer to the spring enrollment in 1999, which was 463.
In the fall of 1999, 427 students enrolled at CNCC-Craig and 347 were considered part-time, or enrolled in less than 12 credits each semester.
Full time enrollment in CCCOES, which CNCC-Craig joined July 1, for the 1998-99 fiscal year was 37,069. CCCOES offers programming for 236,012 students across Colorado.