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Fall 2000 enrollment up
Record enrollment totals on two campuses
While most of the states two-year colleges and universities are experiencing declining enrollment, Walters States final enrollment
report showed that the colleges credit student enrollment was up both in head count and in the calculation which measures the number of
equivalent full-time students.
With 6,163 students enrolled at all locations, the college experienced record enrollments in excess of 1,100 students on both its
Greeneville campus and its new branch campus in Sevier County.
Given the fact that enrollment in colleges and universities is traditionally down during periods of economic growth and high employ-
ment, we are pleased that Walters States programs and services are attracting an increasing number of students, especially those who are
presently working but have elected to attend college, said president Dr. Jack Campbell.
These students see the advantage of continuing their education and improving their position in the workforce, he said.
Campbell also credited the colleges employees for the increase in enrollment.
Our enrollemnt growth at this time is a testament to the hard work and effectiveness of our faculty and staff during this period of
economic constraint on higher education, he also said.
Preparation under way for
Second Annual Great Smoky Mountains State Fair
Dates have been set for the 2nd Annual Great Smoky Mountains State Fair, and fair organizers are already busy preparing for the event.
The five-day fair will be held June 13-17, 2001, at the Walters State Great Smoky Mountains Expo Center in White Pine.
We were very encouraged by the community support for the first Great Smoky Mountains State Fair and hope to expand and grow
each year, said John Baldy, fair manager and director of the Expo Center.
Baldy said that next years fair will once again include The Great James H. Drew Exposition.
We are very excited that the Drew Exposition is coming back. Its one of the best, if not the best, carnival in the country, said Baldy.
Drew Exposition, which has been in continuous operation since 1949, set up 22 rides at last years fair, including the worlds largest
portable Ferris wheel.
Baldy said he hopes to involve more local schools in the fair by offering expanded youth arts, crafts and agricultural exhibits.
Other new events under consideration for next years fair are a beauty pageant and various competitions, such as clogging and
For more information about the 2nd Annual Great Smoky Mountains State Fair, call (423) 318-2721.