For the first time in over a decade, fall enrollment across Illinois community colleges is up.
An Oct. 28 report from the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) said that enrollment by total headcount is up by 1.5% for Fall 2022; by comparison, the national average is flat.
Local schools said flexibility is key in attracting more students.
Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon, Illinois said they accomplish this by making transfers easier, offering more technical programs and offering affordable tuition.
“We want to make sure that we are producing students who become workers, who are knowledgeable and trained in the most up to date technology that goes hand in hand with our employers,” Sauk Valley Dean of Institutional Advancement Lori Cortez said.