When Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) opened their York County branch in 2003, I wonder if anyone could have predicted the rapid growth that followed.
Community Colleges are a great alternative to four-year institutions because of the price differential and flexibility they offer. For a fraction of the cost associated with traditional four-year institutions, students can work full-time and attend classes around their busy schedules for a substantially lower cost per credit hour.
HACC’s York College branch has seen tremendous growth. The York campus saw a 34% increase in enrollment between 2008 and 2009. Enrollment stands and 2,900 students, which is up 5% since the Spring 2010 semester. There is competition in the York market for college students. York College, Penn State York and nearby Millersville University already compete for students. To have the student body swell to nearly 3,000 students in only 8 years demonstrates a need in the York market for affordable education.
The York branch is the fastest growing campus in the HACC family. HACC has campuses in Harrisburg, Gettysburg, Lebanon, Lancaster and York as well as a Virtual Campus. There are more than 23,000 students are enrolled at HAAC’S five brick and mortar campuses and over 5,300 at the Virtual Campus (online courses).
For more information: http://www.hacc.edu/