Tech school enrollment up 24 percent this fall

This year’s fall quarter enrollment at the 28 colleges within the Technical College System of Georgia increased 24 percent from 2008, according to a news release.

Enrollment for the term has reached a new record of 110,254 over last fall’s 88,725 students. The figure also breaks the system’s all-time record enrollment for one quarter set in 2003, with 91,838 students.

TCSG officials attribute the growth to people seeking career training during the economic downturn as well as an increase in students under 21.

“These are both important and exciting times for the TCSG. Our enrollment is growing at a record pace because the word is out that a Georgia technical college education is the most direct route to a great job and a long-term career,” TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson said in the release.

“If there’s an upside in this down economy, it’s that the state’s technical colleges are helping tens of thousands of Georgians learn highly marketable skills and find their new place in today’s changing work force.”