ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WDHN)—2023 is off to a strong start at Enterprise State Community College. Enrollment is up by 15 percent when compared to the Spring semester of 2022.

School officials say this is the fourth straight year of enrollment growth for Spring at ESCC. It seems students are either advancing their academic careers or working toward certification in a field to go right into the workforce.

Enterprise State Community College Dean of Students, Kassie Mathis, says there are
multiple factors why the school is showing enrollment increases.

Many students are working toward getting their two-year associate degree before
moving on to a four-year college or university.

Mathis says “We are making sure that our staff is available in providing great customer service. There are lots of efforts we are putting in place that students choose ESCC for their educational opportunities.”

Mathis also says a credit hour is less at a community college than at a four-year university.
In addition, ESCC is offering a wide array of training for those who are looking
to move directly into the workforce.

For a 2022 Dothan High School graduate she says ESCC is a perfect fit as far as reaching her future goals.

Freshman Jules Singley is working on getting her associate’s degree in digital multimedia.
The Dothan native says the college offered her not only scholarship money but an on-campus job in the field she wants to go into.

Singley says “They gave me a rundown of every opportunity I would be given at the school. They offered me a student working position to work in their marketing department. And I got a scholarship so I got school completely paid for.”

Mathis adds “Making sure our classes are affordable to students. Making sure we’re offering the classes they need to be successful and making sure they have the training opportunities that they need.”

In addition, school officials say site preparation is taking place for a workforce technology
center on the Enterprise campus which is expected to be completed by Fall of 2024.