Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Community College Sees Increased Enrollment In Poor Economy

Syracuse, N.Y. - Community Colleges, such as Onondaga Community College, are becoming more popular among high school graduates uncertain about what they want to do in the future.

Over the past five years, the enrollment has increased from 8,000 students to 11,000 students (both figures are approximates).

One of the most attractive features of these 2-year institutions is that they are much less expensive than traditional, 4-year universities.

"The cost of coming here was a lot cheaper, you know, to test the waters if you are not sure what field you want to go into," says Michael McLean, an O.C.C student.

The annual tuition cost at O.C.C is less than $9,000.

It is possible to attend OCC for four years at this rate before one approaches the approximate annual tuition of Syracuse University.

Of course, it usually doesn't take four years to earn a degree from O.C.C.

"Typically it's two and a half [years]. Life gets in the way often, (for instance) if you're working," says Kathy Perry, Director of Admissions.

Mario Sacco heads out to Onondaga Community College:

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