by Max Brantley
Another semester, another enrollment record for Pulaski Tech. It's almost not news. But nearly 8,700 students? Something is happening there. If you haven't driven up Fort Roots hill recently, if ever, you should. Look out for traffic. At nearly all hours. I've dropped in from time to time and found the school jammed with feel-good stories of people who want to improve themselves.
Pulaski Tech news release on the jump.
PULASKI TECH NEWS RELEASE
Pulaski Technical College recorded a 5 percent increase in enrollment for the spring 2007 semester over this time last year, marking an all-time high for the state’s largest two-year college.
Pulaski Tech has 8,668 students enrolled in college-credit classes, an increase of 391 students from spring 2006 and an increase of 213 students (3 percent increase) over the fall 2006 enrollment.
All enrollment numbers are preliminary as of the end of the 11th day of classes, the official day on which reports are based, and subject to further verification before submission to the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.
Of this spring’s enrollments:
71 percent (6,150 students) are enrolled in general education courses.
29 percent (2,518) are enrolled in occupational/technical programs.
69 percent are female and 31 percent are male.
The student body racial make-up is 50 percent black, 46 percent white and 4 percent other.
Part of the enrollment growth stems from an increase in the number of students pursing education through online courses as well as an increase in the number of people enrolled in technical and occupational programs.
“We offer job training that directly correlates to the needs of local business and industry,” said Dr. Dan F. Bakke, college president. “Our training programs, especially those in high-growth, high-demand career fields, stay full because our students know they will be able to get a good job when they leave here.”
Technical College’s enrollment includes people attending for-credit classes at the college’s main campus in North Little Rock, at the
Kanis Road site in
Little Rock, the Saline County Adult Education Center in Benton, the Saline County Career Center in Bauxite, and at the Business and Industry Center located on the campus of the Aerospace Education Center in Little Rock .
Pulaski Technical College is a comprehensive, two-year college that serves the educational needs of central Arkansas through more than 50 occupational/technical degree and certificate programs, a university-transfer curriculum and specialized programs for business and industry.
The college’s mission is to provide access to high quality education that promotes student learning, to enable individuals to develop to their fullest potential and to support the economic development of the state.