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 job when they leave here."
Pulaski 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.