Iowa Central Community College has seen a drop in enrollment this fall… down 5.6 percent from a year ago.
The school reports enrollment at 5,102students. College officials blame the drop on the declining number of college-age people in the area and a strong economy. Iowa Central president Dan Kinney says people are getting jobs due to the good economy, and not going to the community college. He notes they are seeing more students enrolled in non-credit classes which the college is providing as training to businesses in the area.
Kinney says there was a spike in Iowa Central enrollment in 2009, 2010, and 2011, with former employees of the closed Electrolux plant in Webster City enrolling. Otherwise, college enrollment has been steady over the past decade.