Nearly 15000 enroll as Clark College opens

first_imgThey had kind of a theme going Monday when the fall quarter started at Clark College.“There’s a line just to get into a line at the bookstore,” freshman Samir Idriss said while talking with friends.It was the Mountain View High School graduate’s first day at Clark, and he chalked up the crowds as part of his introduction to college.A few minutes later, Shaun Dudgeon was heard to say: “You have to get into a line, just so you can get into a line.”Dudgeon is not a Clark College rookie. He’s starting his third year in Clark’s welding program.“I’ve never seen it this full,” said the Orchards resident, who also earned his GED at Clark College.It’s reflection of continuing growth at Clark. The community college reported a head count of 14,989 students Monday; that’s just slightly more than 2010’s opening-day total of 14,981 students who are taking at least one class.It continues the trend in high enrollment the college has experienced since the 2008-2009 academic year. The 2009 spring quarter was the first time Clark reached 14,000.Enrollment numbers typically climb during the year, and fall 2009 was the first time Clark reached the 16,000 mark by the end of a quarter.Monday’s total includes 1,765 Running Start students who are taking college courses while finishing high school, an increase of 75 students from fall 2010. Clark College has the largest Running Start program in the state.last_img

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