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Enrollment is up at Paris Junior College, and so are retention rates.

That was the word delivered to the school’s regents Monday by President Pam Anglin, who said school enrollment is up 14.78%, and contact hours rose 3.6%. In total, Anglin said, the school enrolled 1,903 students for the Summer I semester, which is 245 more than in last year’s summer semester.

Anglin credited workforce programs and transient students as being two possible reasons the school’s enrollment increased.

“We’re seeing more and more transient students who take advantage of our classes, like university students who just sign up for a science class because they need to get a science out of the way,” Anglin said.

She added early indicators suggest Paris Junior College also will see strong enrollment numbers for the Summer II semester.

“We even had to add a class last week, so we’re expecting Summer II enrollment to also be really good,” Anglin said.

Any prospective students can pick up enrollment applications at the Paris Junior College administration building.

Retention rates also trended positive over the past year. Anglin said the retention rate in the fall semester was 94.39% and 95.56% for the spring semester.

“That’s a good sign, because that’s a lot of students who aren’t dropping, which we love to see,” Anglin said.

The board also scheduled a budget workshop for 5:30 p.m. July 8 in the college’s Student Center, 2400 Clarksville St.

Tommy Culkin is a staff writer for The Paris News. He can be reached at 903-785-6972 or at tommy.culkin@theparisnews.com.

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