Enrollment at NC’s Community Colleges Drops Amid Pandemic

Fewer students have been enrolling in North Carolina’s community colleges over the last year, and officials say the pandemic is to blame.

According to figures published online by the North Carolina Community College System, enrollment was down 17% in the fall 2020 semester, compared with the previous year. System President Thomas Stith said nearly every community college in the state was affected.

“Our colleges have been impacted across the state. It hasn’t been limited geographically. We have felt the impact of COVID across the 58-college system,” he said Friday.

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