ICC enrollment strong with week left to register

BY SANDI P. BEASON

Daily Journal

FULTON – Although enrollment in fall courses at Itawamba Community College is down slightly from this time last year, administration officials predict the numbers will rise before classes begin Aug. 23.

According to early registration figures, 2,480 students have registered for day classes on the Fulton campus, and 977 have registered for day classes in Tupelo. For night and other classes, 2,012 students have registered.

For the same week in 2003, the college reported 2,563 in Fulton day classes, 959 in Tupelo day classes and 2,162 in night and other classes.

“This is a moving target,” said Mike Eaton, vice president of student services. “When you look at it, you'll see that we've concluded our (early) registration on Aug. 5.”

Open registration for day classes will be 8 a.m. until noon Monday for both campuses. Open registration for evening classes is 4-6 p.m. Aug. 17 on the Fulton and Tupelo campuses.

Although the numbers Eaton presented during the Monday meeting of the college's Board of Trustees seemed lower than last year, President David Cole said that by the end of the week, that picture will have changed.

“Right now, it doesn't mean a whole lot,” he said. “We'll have a few hundred come for open registration.”

Enrollment is still up on the Tupelo campus.

“We projected that we would continue to grow and prosper there,” Eaton said.

A new employee orientation will be 8 a.m. Friday, and the faculty and staff will be welcomed by the Board of Trustees at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Contact Sandi P. Beason at 678-1598 or sandi.pullen@djournal.com