On Oct. 18, for the first time in the college’s 27-year history, Estrella Mountain Community College enrollment topped 10,000.
The increased enrollment is due to a combination of service area growth, efforts to improve semester-to-semester persistence, and developing the capacity to meet the needs of the community, according to a press release.
To accommodate the additional students, EMCC has added classrooms, new learning spaces, and full-time faculty over the last 10 years.
“We’ve also strategically added new full-time faculty in courses that have waiting lists such as math, English, chemistry, and biology,” said Dr. Rene Willekens, EMCC’s Dean of Institutional Effectiveness. “We want to provide the highest possible access to the community.”
EMCC’s enrollment growth is primarily linked to university transfer degrees. Between fall 2018 and fall 2019, students pursuing an associate of arts degree increased by 11 percent and those seeking an associate of science increased by 12 percent.
“Dual enrollment has also seen substantial growth as we continue to strengthen our relationships with high school partners,” said Pattie Cardenas-Adame, EMCC vice president of Student Affairs.
EMCC President Rey Rivera, credits EMCC employees for the enrollment success the college is experiencing.
“From part-time hourly staff and adjunct faculty to full-time classified staff and residential faculty - our employees are the reason we have been able to make this historic milestone happen,” Rivera said.