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Spring Semester Enrollment Up at Walters State
February 6, 2018

Spring enrollment at Walters State Community College is up 3 percent over last spring. A total of 5,106 students are enrolled this spring. Full-time equivalency (FTE), which represents the number of students attending full-time, is up by 126 students, or 3.8 percent.

The college is one of four community colleges in Tennessee showing higher numbers in both categories. 

Dr. Tony Miksa, president of Walters State, credits part of the increase to the college’s push to make adult learners aware of the opportunities available through Tennessee Reconnect. Starting in the fall of 2018, the Tennessee Reconnect scholarship initiative will pay tuition for adult students attending one of the state’s community colleges.

“While there are many reasons for our increased enrollment, we have made an effort to reach out to adult learners who will qualify for Tennessee Reconnect. Some of those students decided to start now instead of waiting until fall semester,” Miksa said.
“The increase in full-time equivalency is important because it shows that on average students are taking more hours, which means they will complete their degrees sooner,” Miksa also said.
The college also realized a 3 percent increase in FTE for the fall 2017 semester. 
Miksa said the recent enrollment increases at Walters State are also a testament to the faculty and staff’s commitment to student success.
“From admission to graduation, we are focused on providing our students with the resources they need to be successful and earn their college degree,” he said.
Full-time enrollment for spring 2018 is up on all four Walters State campuses. On the Morristown Campus, it is up by 31 students or 1.69 percent. On the Sevier County Campus, it is up by 72 students, or 12.68 percent. At the Greeneville/Greene County Campus, it is up by 34 students or 7.44 percent. At the Claiborne County Campus, it is up by six, or 3.85 percent. 
Walters State Community College offers over 150 programs of study, including technical certificates, associate of science, associate of arts, associate of fine arts, associate of applied science and associate of science in teaching degrees. 

CUTLINE: Dr. Whitney Jarnagin, department head and associate professor of psychology, discusses important psychology definitions in a class at Walters State Community College. Enrollment is up for spring semester at the college.