Pulaski Tech had a 13 percent surge in enrollment this fall and now has more than 10,000 students.
The college's Office of Enrollment Services reported 10,257 students enrolled in college-credit classes this fall, up from 9,093 students in fall 2008.
"It's a milestone for us, definitely," said Dr. Dan F. Bakke, college president. "We expected to see more students coming in because enrollment growth has been an ongoing trend. The economy has played a big part of that. Many people who have lost their jobs are making the most of their situation by going to college - some for the first time - and others are coming back to upgrade their skills or pursue a different career altogether."
Part of the enrollment increase is from students attending the Little Rock-South site. Enrollment there is 1,491 students, up from the 900 students who enrolled last fall when the site opened.
The college also has seen an increase in the number of military personnel using education benefits provided under the new GI BIl to attend college.
With current enrollment, Pulaski Tech continues to be the state's largest two-year college and the fifth largest among all colleges and universities in the state.