December 30, 2010 | Adam Sorensen | Leave a comment Officials from Central Connecticut State University found that area schools have increased the number of graduates in the healthcare field by 71 percent since 2000, Westfair Online reports. The study found that students completed more than 38,000 part-, full-time and online degrees and certificates in healthcare-related subjects in the 2009-2010 academic year. Furthermore, the state's college and university enrollment reached more than 200,000 for the first time, which represents a 3.8 percent increase from the previous year. Graduation rates grew by 0.4 percent among science, techonolgy, engineering and mathematics majors, while the number of students who earned heathcare-related diplomas increased by 3.1 percent. The combination of the economy and demographics is transforming higher education,” Michael Meotti, commissioner of higher education, told the news source. “Our colleges, particularly those which offer specific career preparation, are attracting more young students than ever, as well as more adults seeking training in a down economy." According to a recent report from the Sloan Consortium, nearly 4.6 million students were taking at least one online course during the fall semester of 2009.