Gila Community College’s Payson campus has seen an uptick in enrollment and a surge in new classes, said Payson Dean Pamela Butterfield.
Many classes have filled up, including two sections of psychology, as well as sections of English and math, leading educators to believe that younger students are increasingly looking at GCC as an option for post-secondary education
Butterfield partially attributed the increase to the availability of dual enrollment programs like fire science and culinary arts, offered through the Northern Arizona Institute of Vocational Technology.
One recent day, cars filled 75 spaces out of a new 100-car overflow lot, which gave Butterfield anecdotal evidence of increasing enrollment.
The deadline to register for classes is Sept. 1, but students can register after that date with permission from an instructor.
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