Pitt Community College appears to be headed toward a record fall this year.
Already the college has record summer enrollment with 3,903 students. Now the college's admissions office says there has been a 27% increase in the number of fall admission applications compared to this time last year.
PCC's vice president for Student Development Services says the economy continues to account for most of the increase. "Many people, as a consequence of the recession, are enrolling to update skills or to acquire new, marketable credentials," says Dr. Donald Spell.
Spell also says that escalating tuition rates have prompted many recent high school grads to attend community college for general education courses before transferring to four-year institutions.
Fall classes at PCC begin August 19th.