Latino community college presidents cautiously optimistic about enrollment

As students head back to school for the fall, administrators at Hispanic-serving community colleges across the nation say they are more optimistic about student enrollment numbers, particularly compared to last year, at the height of the pandemic.

“We’re showing right now that we’re about 13 percent ahead of last fall, and I’m real pleased to see that,” William Serrata, president of El Paso Community College in Texas, told NBC News. “We could be potentially passing last year’s enrollment numbers.”

As with other higher education institutions, EPCC changed its procedures to address greater flexibility during the pandemic, allowing registration up to the first week of the semester, which started this week. Of its more than 30,000 students, 85 percent are Latino.

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