Recession impacts local colleges and students

Roanoke’s WSLS ran a story last night looking at the impact of the recession on colleges and the students who attend them.  The mission of Virginia’s Community Colleges – to address the commonwealth’s unmet needs in higher education – is proving to be critical for more and more people:

The recession is also forcing students already enrolled in four year universities to drop out, move home, and sign up at their local community college.  And—those already in the work force—who’ve been layed off—are enrolling in community colleges. Virginia Western says they could be reasons behind the about 6-percent jump in its spring enrollment.

As the VCCS reported last month, Virginia Western Community College’s growing enrollment is being seen at community colleges across the commonwealth.

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