WTC spring enrollment is third highest in school history


Western Texas College spring enrollment reached the third highest level in school history, Britt Canada, dean of institutional research and effectiveness, reported during this week’s board of trustees meeting.
This semester, WTC has an enrollment of 2,522 students, which includes the fall flex semester in mid-September, mid-winter semester in December and the current spring schedule.
The highest spring semester enrollment was 2,630 in 2010, followed by 2,578 in 2011.
Canada said even though enrollment increased compared to 2015’s total of 2,267, the contact hours were up by only 6,100.
“We have more part-time students which led to less contact hours,” he said, adding that the number of dual-credit students increased this semester.
The college has 509 students enrolled full-time and 2,013 are part-time. Of those, 1,708 are freshmen and 431 are sophomores. Canada said the high number of freshmen is due to the dual-credit students.
This semester, 783 high school students are taking dual-credit classes through the college.
When asked about the dorm situation, Dean of Student Services Ralph Ramon said they “were pretty full.”
A total of 527 students listed Scurry County as home and 106 of those are taking advantage of the Opportunity Waiver program. The college waived $73,948 in tuition and fees for the program this semester.
Mitchell and Nolan counties have the highest enrollments outside the service area, not including Scurry County. Mitchell County has 226 students enrolled while Nolan has 206.
A total of 976 students are from Texas, 90 are from another state and 60 are classified as international students.
A total of 213 Texas Department of Criminal Justice inmates are taking classes this spring and the college’s Hispanic enrollment is 664, which is 28.8 percent of the total enrollment.
Canada said the college continues to top the 25 percent mark of Hispanic enrollment that is used to receive federal grants.