Community college sees increase in enrollment from online coursesAccording to the 2009-2010 Indicators of Effectiveness report, more students at Henry Ford Community College (HFCC) are taking online classes, reports the Press and Guide.

College officials found that enrollment in these courses grew from 3,289 in 2007 to 6,603 for the fall of 2009. Furthermore, the school has seen a 25 percent increase in enrollees over the last two years.

“I think there is no question there is incredible student interest in online learning,” Gail Mee, president at HFCC,told the news source. “The college has worked to train its adjunct staff to increase the number of online courses it can offer.”

The report noted that nearly two-thirds of students in 2008-09 were in career and technical programs that aimed to prepare them directly for the workforce. Meanwhile, one-third of enrollees were pursuing arts and science programs and planned to transfer to a four-year college.

Reuters reports that nearly one in four U.S. students are currently taking at least some web-based college courses. Furthermore, online education has grown by 17 percent in 2009.

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