Frank Phillips College enrollment numbers for the fall 2012 semester have increased 13% over last year according to a release from the Texas Association of Community Colleges. The statistics are based upon reports that the college is required to submit to state agencies. The fall 2011 enrollment was at 1,041, and this year it is at 1,191.
There are a couple of reasons why FPC is seeing such an increase in enrollment. The first reason, President Jud Hicks explains, is the workforce programs that have been added in the last six to eight months.
â€śCommunity industries have provided financial support for starting the new workforce programs. We appreciate that support, as it seems to be paying off,â€ť remarks Hicks.
Secondly, the college has expanded their offerings for the dual credit program. Vice President for Academic Student Affairs, Shannon Carroll, explains that the college has expanded in the service area, which is the top nine counties of the Texas Panhandle.
â€śAt Borger High School, graphic design and fine arts classes have been added. Also, classes that have been typically only offered for seniors can also be taken by juniors in high school if they qualify.â€ť Lastly she adds, â€śDual credit offerings are growing and now make up about 30-35% of FPC's head count.â€ť
Dr. Hicks concludes by saying, â€śWe are very pleased with the increase in enrollment, and we hope that the trend continues.â€ť