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TJC looks to new School of Nursing, Health Sciences to increase enrollment

TYLER, October 14, 2013—Tyler Junior College enrollment has not seen a significant increase in the past two years. Although this is not necessarily good news for the College, it may be an indicator of good changes within the economy, according to TJC Director of Public Affairs Fred Peters.

“We had a fairly flat enrollment, a difference of actually 19 students fewer than we had in the fall of 2012. We’ve been roughly flat the last two years after having had about a five year period of steep incline,” said Peters. “When the economy is suffering, people oftentimes return to school or work and go to school at the same time to try to better themselves. And so, typically, when the economy is experiencing difficulties, Community College enrollment is increasing.”

According to Peters, TJC is optimistic about the future as they undertake the largest building project in its 87 year history. The Robert M. Rogers School of Nursing and Health Sciences is currently under construction, and expected to be completed in the spring of 2015.

In addition to Nursing degrees, the college plans to add programs such as Occupation Therapy and Recreation Therapy Aid to the list of offered degrees and certificates.

For more information about current and upcoming programs offered in Tyler, Jacksonville, Rusk, and Lindale, visit TJC.edu.

KYYK’s Gary Richards spoke with Peters about the new facility and programs. Click below to hear more.

 

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