Community college dealing with enrollment boom

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by TERESA YUAN / KING 5 News

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Posted on January 22, 2013 at 8:58 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 22 at 10:00 AM

MONROE, Wash. – Overcrowding at Everett Community College's East County campus in Monroe is becoming a major issue. The campus is only two years old, but it’s already out-growing it space.

Classes are held in commercial building on Fryelands Boulevard where they share space with other offices and restaurants.

“I think we're seeing some significant growth going on. We have increased from 280 students in fall quarter to 430 students," said Rob Prosch, the Director of the ECC’s East County Campus.

Prosch attributes the increase to several factors. The college is offering more classes, the economy is improving and population in Snohomish County is growing.

Community college classes are typically more affordable than a 4-year university and Prosch is seeing more adults enroll. Many students want to get a degree to better their chances of landing a job or get trained in a new field.
 
Arica Simmer, 34 is a stay-at-home mom who never finished college. She wants to be a role model to her kids and find a new career.
 
“It's completely different. I want to be here. I make the effort. It's not dreadful. It's not hard. But there's challenges, especially with children,” said Simmer.
 
Everett Community College in Monroe applied for funding from the state to expand into new space in the building and hire full-time teachers. Currently, all their instructors are part-time.

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