Oct. 10, 2012

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HCC Enrolls 6,097 Students
Record Number of Part-Time Students

BRIDGEPORT - Housatonic Community College this semester has enrolled 6,097 students at its downtown Bridgeport campus.

The number includes more part time students than ever before. Some 4,041 part-time students enrolled, representing 66.3 percent of the student body. The number and percentage of full-time students (2, 056 or 33.7 percent of the student population) dropped for the second consecutive year.

This year’s figure represents a 130 percent increase over the 2,653 who registered in the Fall of 1996, the college’s last semester at its old Barnum Avenue campus in the city’s east end.

“We continue to see the impact of the economic downturn on our increased enrollment,” said Registrar James Connolly. “More and more people are looking at community colleges as employees are outsourced or downsized and as families tighten their financial belts. Many realize that they can cut their tuition bill in half by going to a community college for two years and then transferring to a four-year school.”

The new results show that women still outnumber men at the campus. Some 63.4 percent (3,890) of the enrollees are women.

HCC continues to attract a diverse student body. Some 62.6 percent (3,815) reported their ethnicity as either Black, Hispanic, Asian, American Indian/Native Alaskan, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, multiple race or other non-Caucasian. Of these, Black students (1,815) comprise 29.8 percent; Hispanics (1,615), 26.5 percent; Asians (199), 3.3 percent; Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (10), 2 percent; American Indian/Alaskan Native (9), 1 percent; other race (106), 1.7 percent; and multiple races (62), 1 percent.

The college still draws the largest number of its students from Bridgeport (2,872 students, 47.1 percent) and Stratford (792 students, 12.9 percent); followed by Shelton (380 students, 6.2 percent); Milford (334 students, 5.5 percent); Trumbull (295 students, 4.8 percent); Fairfield (239 students, 4.8 percent); Ansonia (160 students, 2.6 percent); Monroe (142 students, 2.3 percent); Derby (74 students, 1.2 percent); Seymour (59 students, 1 percent); and Easton (14 students, 0.2 percent).

Housatonic Community College provides an affordable and accessible education through two-year degrees, transfer preparation, and certificate programs, as well as a wide variety of continuing education and personal/professional enrichment seminars and workshops. In addition, HCC offers employee and occupational training for businesses, municipalities, government agencies, and professional associations to help develop the educated and skilled workforce required to meet regional business and industry needs. HCC is nationally recognized as an “Achieving the Dream” institution. To learn more, visit the college’s website at: www.housatonic.edu.

HCC is located at 900 Lafayette Blvd. in downtown Bridgeport, less than 150 yards off I-95 (Exit 27) and Rte. 8 (Exit 1), a block from the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard. Free parking is available in the Housatonic garage.