Walla Walla Community College celebrates the beginning of Fall Quarter today, welcoming a robust mix of new and returning students with an estimated first-day headcount up 12% over last year.
“The largest group of students in years is coming to WWCC this fall. We are ready to welcome them and to provide the personalized support and high-quality instruction every student deserves,” said President Chad Hickox.
While enrollment totals will not be final until the end of the term, WWCC expects to serve more than 2,300 students between the Walla Walla and Clarkston campuses this fall in state-funded and Running Start programs. Those numbers include more than 230 first-generation students, meaning neither of their parents attended college.
More than 600 students are enrolled in WWCC’s First Year Experience, a popular program designed to support a student’s academic and social transition to college and campus life.
Walla Walla Community College offers workforce and technical training and academic degrees that transfer to four-year colleges and universities. New offerings this year include:
- Medical Assisting Program, a certificate program that returns to meet rising community need.
- A two-year degree in Early Childhood Education, allowing students to gain credits at WWCC and transfer as a junior to Eastern Washington University.
- Expanded programs in Welding and Diesel Technology.
- Return of the Commercial Drivers Licensing instruction.
“These new and/or returning programs are in direct response to the needs of our regional economy and the communities we serve,” Hickox said. “We work every day to help WWCC students realize their dreams.”