Chalk up more fallout from this recession — surging enrollment in tech schools.
The Technical College System of Georgia’s 26 campuses enrolled 190,842 students during the 2010 fiscal year — an increase of 22 percent over last year’s figures and a new record, AJC reporter Laura Diamond writes.
Much of the increase can be attributed to the recession as thousands of out-of-work and underemployed adults returned to school in search of new careers, Commissioner Ron Jackson said. For example, enrollment among students 40 and older increased by 32 percent to 31,262, according to new figures.
Another sizable increase came from traditional students — those 25 and under, Diamond reports. The system has become a first-choice for many recent high school graduates. Enrollment among students 21 and under increased by 11 percent to 46,910. The number of students between the ages of 21 and 25 increased by 22 percent to 46,377.
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