TCC Expecting Enrollment Hike

By: Claudine Cleophat Email
By: Claudine Cleophat Email

Tallahassee Community College could soon see a major hike in students. It's not entirely because of what TCC is doing, but what Florida State University isn't.

FSU officials say they're not accepting thousands of qualified students. Eric Lott's cousin is one them and hopes he fares better next year.

"With the budget cuts, hopefully I'll get accepted, but if not, I know it's because of the budget cuts," said Lott.

FSU sent out more than five thousand rejection letters last week. But in those letters were brochures to TCC.

"We get squeezed, but we really only do one thing...we teach. And it's been a little easier for us to realign some resources to keep the open door open," said TCC President Bill Law.

The college is adding more sections to courses to give students more access. Law says financially it just makes sense.

"We're a community with 60 thousand college students and they come and they bring a great energy, they bring a great economic energy. We need those students to come here and to do their shopping and to rent apartments," said Law.

TCC is prepared for anywhere from 5 to 8 percent more students come fall. President Law says it's also making more of an emphasis on an Associate Degree to help students make the crossover to FAMU and FSU.

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