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McHenry County College sees increase in student enrollment

Community college one of a handful to see growth

For the spring semester at McHenry County College, total headcount has increased 2.6 percent and total credit hours have increased 1.5 percent from spring 2018, said Christina Haggerty, vice president of marketing, communications and development.
For the spring semester at McHenry County College, total headcount has increased 2.6 percent and total credit hours have increased 1.5 percent from spring 2018, said Christina Haggerty, vice president of marketing, communications and development.

McHenry County College’s spring enrollment increased in both headcount and credit hours.

For the spring semester, total headcount is 7,085, a 2.6 percent increase from spring 2018, and total credit hours are 54,997, a 1.5 percent increase from spring 2018, said Christina Haggerty, vice president of marketing, communications and development.

“There are various factors that likely have contributed to the enrollment growth that MCC continues to experience, including enhanced efforts toward student retention and increases in specific student populations, such as our Latino population,” Haggerty said in a statement.

She said other factors include increased opportunities for “blended” online and in-person students, enrollment in dual credit courses and a growing population of students younger than age 19.

MCC offers seven associate degrees, 28 Associate of Applied Science degrees and 58 certificate programs.

McHenry County College is faring far better than other area community colleges, according to the spring 2019 Illinois 10th Day Census. The college is one of only a handful of institutions that had both an increase in headcount and credit hours this spring. Only Kaskaskia College in Centralia had a greater increase than MCC, with a
7.7 percent increase in headcount and 6.6 percent increase in credit hours.

Prairie State College fared the worst, with an 8.5 percent decrease in headcount and 7.5 percent decrease in credit hours.

In January, the college’s Board of Trustees approved a third contract extension for President Clinton Gabbard. Gabbard, who became the college’s eighth president in January 2016, will serve through December 2022.

MCC is McHenry County’s only college.

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