Panola sets enrollment record
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Panola College has set a record enrollment for the sixth straight year with 2,701 students enrolled in fall classes.
“Panola College has always prided itself as being able to offer students a lot more for less, and giving a home-style feeling. This year’s slogan for the annual Residence Hall Move-In Day was ‘Small Town Big Dreams.’ This philosophy seems to be working,” said Don Clinton, Vice President of Student Success.
As many Texas community colleges and universities are seeing declines in enrollment, Panola College has experienced a steady increase of between 3-4 percent a year over the past six years.
“Many factors have gone into our steady growth,” Clinton said. “We feel that we are doing a great job of informing prospective students of the opportunities that Panola College offers. Plus, our administration and faculty work hard to identify programs that will help students succeed and gain jobs in the workforce.”
Over the past six years Panola College has started or restructured nine degrees and programs including: Petroleum Technology, Emergency Medical Technician, Medical Assistant Technology, Medical Laboratory Technology, Panola One Online Nursing, Digital Media Design and Development, Early Childhood, and Electrical & Instrumentation Technology. These programs along with the already established programs such as Associate Degree Nursing, Vocational Nursing, Welding, Health Information Technology, Office Professional, and Computer Information Technology have helped the college produce many workers for the East Texas workforce and around the state and country.
Academic transfers, dual credit, and online opportunities have also been on a steady climb. Students realize the increasing cost of universities, the benefits that high schools are offering to their students for dual credit, and the many doors of opportunity that online courses can offer, according to Clinton.
Panola College strives to offer a variety of opportunities to students from the traditional on campus experiences with residence halls, to the online courses, the traditional commuter paths, and the ever-growing career and technical paths.
“The faculty, staff, administrators, and Board of Trustees of Panola College are extremely pleased to see the continuing growth and development of our college. In May of this year, voters overwhelmingly approved a $35 million bond to fund new construction and renovation of several existing buildings to accommodate our record breaking enrollment increases,” notes Dr. Greg Powell, President of Panola College.