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Historically, community colleges have experienced a surge in enrollment during times of economic downturn and recession. But the unprecedented numbers amid the pandemic paint a serious picture.
The overall loss of student enrollment at community colleges nationally since 2020 has reached 827,000, or a decline of 7.8 percent over last spring’s decrease of 351,000, according to a spring 2022 study from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. “Among popular majors at two-year colleges, skilled trades program enrollment increased, including gains in mechanic and repair technologies (+11.5%, 9,950 students), personal and culinary services (+12.7%, 6,170 students), construction trades (+19.3%, 11,140 students), and precision and production (+16.7%, 7,740 students). However, despite those increases, it was only construction majors where the growth was sufficient to yield a return to pre-pandemic levels of enrollment,” Forbes wrote on the study.