Iowa Central Sees Enrollment Increase
by Iowa Central Information
Posted on 10/14/2021
Iowa Central Community College experienced an increase in enrollment for the Fall 2021 semester.
Headcount at the 10-day count for the Fall semester was 5,009 students, up from 4,561 students in the Fall of 2020, for an increase of 9.1%. The Fort Dodge campus had 1,137 of those students living on campus. Total credit hours were also up, climbing from 46,285 to 50,511.5, a 9.8% increase when comparing Fall 2020 to Fall 2021. Iowa Central's increase was among the highest in the state.
"Enrollment increases are always an exciting time at Iowa Central." said Tom Beneke, Vice-President of Enrollment Management and Student Development. "A 9 percent plus enrollment growth both in credit hours and student head count is certainly something to celebrate. I have learned over the course of many years as the Vice President that this is a total College effort, and a tremendous effort at that."
The increase in numbers can be attributed to efforts of our faculty and staff, strong relationships with area high schools, our campus experience, and our commitment to keeping college education an affordable, accessible reality for our students.
Beneke added, "Faculty and staff are all involved in recruiting new students to Iowa Central, as well as keeping the students we have currently enrolled. The recognition and praise goes out to them. They are the ones that are helping students at whatever phase they are in, whether new or returning. These are the people in the trenches helping students be successful every day in their college careers."
Compared to Fall 2020, we experienced increased enrollment in a majority of our Career and Technical Education Programs. Automotive Technology, Criminal Justice, Computer Networking Technology, Fire Science, and HVAC are just a few that saw increases.
Vice President of Instruction, Dr. Stacy Mentzer, added "We are seeing increases in almost every area of our institution. This increase brings about a tremendous amount of opportunity for our students. Students learn best in environments where they are surrounded by peers."
Iowa Central strives to meet not only the needs of our students, but our entire service area. The college adjusts as the needs of our students and our communities change. Our goal is to stay current and always be a viable part of the communities we serve.
"Iowa Central continues to be a premier choice for community colleges in Iowa." said President, Dr. Jesse Ulrich. "We are excited to have students back on campus and fully face-to-face as they work toward a degree for a better life. It is an exciting time to be a Triton as we continue to meet the workforce needs of our region."
Iowa Central is awesome. There are personable teachers, a large campus feel, excellent music and drama departments, and the college is generous with scholarships. I’ve had some of the best experiences of my life here.