Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) is seeing more semester-to-semester enrollment and credit increases, according to the first official summer enrollment report available.

This summer term shows an increase in students' credit hour enrollment, from 12,283 credit hours to 14,758, an increase of 20 percent compared to the same period in 2009.

A record headcount of 2276 enrolled students throughout the college district contributed to the higher credit hour figures. Thirteen percent more students are enrolled this summer semester compared to the same time in 2009, making the summer term the fourth consecutive semester of double-digit enrollment growth. The economic and employment situation, the college's affordability and quality, and efforts to retain students until they graduate are key reasons for the rising enrollment at NICC, according to college officials.

"The college is committed to providing a high quality affordable education to the citizens of northeast Iowa," said Curt Oldfield, NICC vice president of academic affairs. "We continue to work to provide flexible options for students to help them reach their academic goals," he said. Oldfield said that students have the opportunity to register for summer term starting in October, an option that increases flexibility and encourages students to plan in advance for their future coursework.

The summer term at NICC offers four opportunities for students to take classes: a May term with seven days of class for seven hours each day; June and July terms that have class sessions for each full month; and a full summer term that starts in May and ends in August.

NICC admissions department data also shows that credit hours in online courses increased by 49 percent compared to the same time in 2009. Students enroll in online classes or programs because of their flexibility, identical cost savings to traditional face-to-face classes and self-directed approach to learning. NICC now offers 13 different programs completely online, including Associate in Applied Science degrees in Agriculture Business, Business Specialist, Entrepreneurial Cosmetology and Health Information Technology; Associate in Arts degrees in Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Psychology and a general Associate in Arts transfer degree; a diploma program in Medical Transcriptionist and Coding Specialist and three different certificate programs in Ag Business.

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