CGTC breaks enrollment record

The first day of classes at Central Georgia Technical College wasn’t just busy — it was almost 17 percent busier than it’s ever been.

Spokesman Tonya McClure said the college broke an enrollment record set two years ago, surging from 6,023 students then to 7,085 people by 4 p.m. Wednesday. Dozens were registered during the day, and among the new students were people with a bachelor’s degree hoping to change careers or get new jobs, McClure said. The school reported no major issues.

“Of course, it’s a little crowded on campus, but we’re glad to see that,” she said.

McClure said job losses and economic uncertainty are leading people to return to school. Federal aid and other help cut costs, which are typically about $600 a quarter for full-time enrollment, she said.

In a statement, the school’s interim president, Flora Tydings, said officials were “excited to help so many people receive the education and training they need to be productive in our community.”

Just one year ago, enrollment was 5,587 students, about 27 percent lower than the enrollment recorded Wednesday. The college’s main campus is in Macon, but it also runs a campus in Milledgeville and centers in Crawford, Putnam, Jones and Twiggs counties.Mike Stucka