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Jefferson Community College’s enrollment may have been down a student or two for the start of the spring semester on Tuesday morning, but enrollment in new programs and online classes is booming.

“Our online enrollment is up over 10 percent,” said President Carole A. McCoy. “It’s the highest enrollment in online classes we’ve ever had.”

Approximately 30 percent of students are taking one or more online courses this semester. The community college offers 101 online courses outside of its bachelor’s and master’s degree programs.

“This college has been a big online class provider for many years, even before I came here,” the president said.

Several new programs have also had enrollment boosts. The chemical dependency associate degree, which started this semester, has 31 students. Approximately 35 students are enrolled in the sports management associate degree program.

The winery management and marketing certificate program has attracted 14 students.

“Those in particular are doing well,” Mrs. McCoy said.

When the enrollment numbers were collected at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, 1,994 full-time and 1,663 part-time students were signed up for classes, meaning the numbers dipped by 0.02 percent from last spring.

Mrs. McCoy said those numbers can change quickly, however.

“Usually, the first week sees all sorts of fluctuations,” she said.

Approximately 161 full-time students and 186 part-time students are starting college for the first time.

An additional 85 full-time students and 62 part-time students transferred to the school.

Connor C. Diprinzio, 19, was sitting near the cafeteria waiting for his first class to start.

“I’m just taking a few classes to save money,” he said.

He hopes to transfer to Point Park University in Pittsburgh after a few semesters.

Christina Lane, 28, was waiting in line at the bookstore to buy materials for her first class in two years.

“I needed to finish my degree,” she said. “I’m halfway done.”

She hopes to get good grades and stay focused this semester.

“I get easily distracted,” she said.

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