Community College Enrollment On The Increase

New Gila Community College dean now on campus

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Pamela Butterfield told the Gila County Community College Board of Supervisors she fears the campus could run short of classroom space due to increased enrollment this year.

Butterfield, the new community college dean at the Payson campus gave her first report to the college board.

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Pamela Butterfield, new dean of the Payson GCCC campus, is still settling into her new position.

The college is looking into alternative locations to hold classes should classrooms become overcrowded, she said.

Enrollment at the Payson campus is at 836 this year, an increase of more than 100 students. Last year, the enrollment was 704.

Butterfield has spent the first two weeks in Payson acclimating to her job as dean of GCCC in Payson, while meeting with professors, students and instructors, as well as introducing herself to community members.

"I've only been here for two weeks so far, so I am still getting used to everything and getting to know everyone," she said.

One of her first duties as dean was to meet with the college board of supervisors on Sept. 28 to deliver a campus report.

The college has submitted an application to incorporate the Loop Trail at the campus into the state trail registry and (PATS) Payson Area Trail System and the new dean said if the incorporation is approved, it could mean access to Heritage Grant funding, which would provide funds for a kiosk, trail development, maintenance and installing signs along the trail.

She said her Workforce Readiness Academy is currently in its first block of courses.

"The course is completely paid for, so there is no cost to the students," Butterfield said.

"It is a collaborative effort with the county to increase the work force readiness of adults in the county."

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