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IWCC enrollment climbs to record level

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By The Express

COUNCIL BLUFFS - Solid spring enrollment numbers have provided a bright spot this long winter season for staff and faculty at Iowa Western Community College. The college’s admissions department recently reported record enrollment numbers for the spring semester.

            The college reported 5,806 full- and part-time students for the spring semester which began Jan. 11 up from the 5,128 students reported in Spring 2009. Iowa Western reported 61,520 credit hours being taken this semester, a 15.04 percent increase from the previous year.

            “This is an impressive development in terms of the number of students choosing to attend Iowa Western at the mid-term,” said Dr. Dan Kinney, IWCC president. Close to 600 new students reported for the spring semester compared to 500 at the same time last year. “I think the work that the board of trustees and our staff have done to provide a quality campus experience has added to the increased level of interest in Iowa Western.”

            Iowa Western campuses and centers also reported sharp increases following the holiday break. Their credit hours and percentage increases from the previous spring were: Clarinda campus, 3,649 (21.4 percent); Shelby County Center, Harlan, 675 (20.3 percent); Cass County Center, Atlantic, 1,583 (33 percent); Page/Fremont County Center, Shenandoah, 937 (57 percent). A large number of on-line learners have contributed to the sharp increase at the centers, according to Jeanine Larsen, vice president of Student Services.