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Hodges University announces record enrollment
Fall enrollment is at an all-time high at Hodges University, and the school finds the explosive growth both rewarding and challenging. The school reports its enrollment rose by more than 23 percent since last fall, totaling over 2,650 students.
By: Joe Turner
“The fall 2009 enrollment numbers are astounding,”
“Despite these challenges, we will continue to work harder than ever to make sure we have the resources available to adequately service and maintain the quality of education for our students,” he said.
McMahan attributes the University’s growth to a number of factors. “Our record enrollment is attributed to several factors, including the recessionary economy, when students look to change careers,” he said. “As employers scale back on their hiring and job competitiveness increases, having a degree gives an individual the edge over the competition. In addition, having a degree improves the chances of keeping a job.
“Those with college degrees typically do better in a recession. Regardless of one's standing, a college degree is still highly regarded by employers.”
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national unemployment rate in August 2009 climbed to 9.7 percent, but the unemployment rate among college graduates was just over 4 percent.
Another reason for the rise in enrollment is the popularity of programs offered at Hodges. “We are seeing tremendous growth in all of our programs, but especially English as a Second Language, Allied Health, Digital Design and Computer Technology,”
Veterans who have returned from service are also finding Hodges a great fit for their academic needs. With recent changes to the GI Bill, Hodges University now takes part in the federal government’s Yellow Ribbon Program, which provides tuition and fee assistance to eligible veterans. This enables qualified veterans to attend Hodges with little to no financial burden.
“We have made a significant effort to help student veterans re-enter higher education,” said Joe Gilchrist, Vice President of Student Financial Assistance. “Our participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program helps our nation’s veterans receive a top-tier education and career-focused degrees at Hodges. Our learning culture provides the flexibility and support that can help veteran students succeed. With these funding options, achieving a degree can be a reality for many more veterans and service members.
“The stimulus funding from work force development has also been a big help for students seeking a degree here at Hodges,” he said. “With those monies available, as well as the Florida Resident Access Grant and other grants and scholarships, there are more ways than ever for degree-seeking students to finance their education.”
President McMahan feels the university is having a direct impact on the quality of life in the region and its importance will only increase as the university continues to thrive.
“Hodges University belongs to our community,” he said. “A majority of our graduates remain right here in the area, which provides an excellent and highly skilled job force for local businesses. The growth of our institution over the last several years is evidence that our programs are needed and in high demand.”
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Hodges University, founded in 1990, has emerged as one of Florida’s leading institutions of higher learning with main campuses in Naples and Ft. Myers. Hodges University offers Associate, Baccalaureate and Graduate degrees. Visit www.hodges.edu.
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