Spring semester enrollment is at an all-time high at Flint Hills Technical College.
Continuing a sharp spike in enrollment for spring 2013, Vice President for Student Services Lisa Kirmer announced a total first-day semester headcount of 612 students during Monday's FHTC Board of Trustees meeting. The college enjoyed 593 students last spring, which was 30 students ahead of the spring 2012 total.
One week into the semester, the headcount now stands at 646 students this semester.
Full-time equivalency, another tracking mechanism, is also up. Spring FTE numbers for first-day enrollment have risen from 494 in 2012 to 526.5 last year and 530 this year.
Kirmer said college administrators were curious about the headcount numbers heading into the current semester. The liquidation of Hostess in November 2012 prompted a lot of area workers to seek job retraining, and there was some thought enrollment may dip once the company resumed operations this past summer and students went back to work. A number of students also graduated in December, and Kirmer says those factors make the enrollment increase more impressive.
FHTC set an all-time enrollment last fall with around 800 students taking classes. Kirmer tells KVOE News students are spreading the word after they graduate FHTC programs and then gain employment shortly afterward.