A 13% increase in enrollment at BCTC in LEX this fall? Really. How about 36% in Lawrenceburg? 30% in Winchester? 20% in Danville?
“Record- breaking growth” as Jim Warren says, absolutely innocently, I hope.
All it is is a giant bubble.
Is that BCTC has done a great job of recruiting students?
Or is that being a student beats being unemployed? “Yeah, I’ll live on loans for a couple of years, then hopefully I can find something.”
What happens when loans get harder to come by? What happens when people find out that there just aren’t jobs out there for which they are going into debt for?
Nothing against BCTC, but this isn’t about them. What this says to me is that there are thousands of people in the region who won’t be counted as unemployed – really skewing our numbers to the upside, masking the reality of just how many people around here don’t have jobs.
People in Kentucky are finally doing what they been urged to for years: get more education. But at this stage, will it help? We’ll know in two years, right? When all this “record growth” graduates and hits the job market…..Does BCTC teach local food and low energy, round wood construction, basic sanitation, climate adaptation, alternative healthcare? You know, all the things we’ll actually need?
When the bubble bursts, we are going to be very disillusioned here.
BCTC headed for record enrollment
By Jim Warren
Bluegrass Community and Technical College opened for the fall semester Wednesday with what appears to be record enrollment.
College officials said preliminary figures indicate that 12,400 students enrolled — about a 13-percent increase over enrollment on the first day of classes last year.
Preliminary figures also showed BCTC’s regional campuses with record-breaking growth.
Enrollment at the college’s Lawrenceburg campus has grown to about 1,000 students, officials said, a growth rate of about 36 percent.
The Winchester campus has grown to almost 900 students, preliminary numbers show, for a growth of about 30 percent.
Enrollment at the Danville campus has grown to about 1,700 students, or about a 20-percent increase, according to BCTC.
Officials say they expect enrollment will increase more over the next several weeks, as students complete their class schedules.
The final official enrollment for Fall 2009 was 13,378.