More and more students are reaping the benefits Rend Lake College has to offer, as proven by a record-high enrollment based on first-day numbers for Fall Semester 2005.
According to statistics provided by Mary Bornheimer, Interim Dean of Student Services, credit hours for the first day of the semester totaled 30,236, a 5.6 percent increase over last year. This is 243 credit hours more than the previous first-day record of 29,993 set in August 2003.
“Rend Lake College is very pleased we do have such an increase,” said Jim Hull, Vice President of Instruction.
First-day figures also show a record headcount of 2,974, an increase of 311 (14.74 percent) over the previous first-day record, also set in Fall 2003.
First-day figures for Fall 2004 were down slightly from the record of Fall 2003, with credit hours at 28,623, but this number was still just a slight decrease from a record high.
Tenth-day enrollment figures will provide a more complete picture of the probable causes of the increase in enrollment. Some possibilities include the opening of the new Applied Science Center, which probably has fueled growth in programs such as Agricultural Business, Agricultural Production, Agricultural Mechanics, Heavy Equipment and Diesel Technology; dual-credit offerings in area high schools; a newly renovated Culinary Arts facility; and continued credit offerings off-campus, particularly at the Rend Lake College MarketPlace in Mt. Vernon and the RLC Murphy-Wall Pinckneyville Campus.
“On the recruitment side, we have had several instructors that have worked hard to make their programs grow by visiting high schools and getting out into the communities,” Hull said.
More than 40,000 households and 13 public high schools are served by RLC. The district covers a total of 1,850 square miles, making it the 11th-largest district statewide in terms of area covered.
The Rend Lake College district came into existence July 1, 1967, and encompasses parts of eight counties, including the major portions of Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson and Perry counties. Large areas of Wayne and White counties also are included, as are small portions of Washington and Williamson counties.