Mountain Gateway Community College is boasting an increase this fall semester of more than 45 percent in enrollment in the FastForward program, which offers short-term training for in-demand jobs, and an increased head count of 51 students overall enrolled at MGCC.
“We have more students on campus than ever before,” says Dr. Matthew McGraw, the newly named Chief Workforce Officer, which oversees the College’s division of Workforce Solutions and Community Education.
As for traditional academic for-credit programs, MGCC can boast an increase of 5.3 percent in FTE’s (Full Time Equivalent) students. FTE’s do not measure the number of students attending classes, but rather translates student credit hours into an equivalent number of full-time students. MGCC also has a 3.3% increase in total students enrolled (962) in credit programs.
The College has 479 dual enrollment students, up from 448 last fall. High school and home-schooled students may enroll in MGCC college-level courses to earn college credit.
FastForward is a program within the VCCS that provides tuition assistance for many non-traditional students to complete training in order to earn nationally recognized credentials, such as CDL-A and CDL-B, phlebotomy technician, massage therapist or nurse aide, usually offered as non-credit courses.
MGCC is currently enrolling students for its Second 8-week Session, which begins on October 16. Spring enrollment will begin on November 6. Call MGCC Student Services at (540) 863-2800 to schedule an appointment with an advisor.