Aug. 23, 2004
More than 1300 students are registered for the start of the fall semester at the Gettysburg Campus of HACC today. HACC - central Pennsylvania's community college - overall had another record enrollment this fall with more than 15,400 students, a 6.6% increase over last fall.

"We're pleased that students are choosing HACC first, whether they are looking for a career associate degree or preparing for transfer to a four-year college," said Jennifer Weaver, dean of the Gettysburg Campus of HACC. "We know that many of our graduates also choose to stay in the region and work here."

Students still may enroll up to Aug. 30, and those enrolling in evening or weekend classes can enroll until Sept. 10.

The Gettysburg Campus of HACC started as the Gettysburg Center in 1989 and was approved as a branch campus in 1999. By fall 2002, 1227 students were enrolled there.

The campus already had expanded in recent years to accommodate its growing nursing program. More students also are taking a combination of in-class and on-line courses, and HACC this fall has a new Virtual Campus with its own dean. Enrollment figures for on-line students are being pulled from campus enrollment numbers for the first time.

Signs of growth are evident at all HACC campuses this fall, including the completion of the $22 million campus expansion project that doubles the size of the Lancaster Campus of HACC. Enrollment there is expected to swell to more than 4000 students, an 8 percent increase over last year's enrollment.

The Harrisburg Campus of HACC has the first new construction underway in many years, and the $12 million Select Medical Health Education Pavilion will be completed by fall 2005. Additionally, there's a strong core of 600 students taking classes at HACC's York Center, which is fast becoming HACC's fifth campus.

The Harrisburg Campus continues to be the largest campus, with enrollments of nearly 8900 students.

As HACC enters its 40th anniversary year, it is recognized as one of the nation's premier community colleges, as well as Pennsylvania's first.

HACC offers more than 120 different certificate, diploma and associate degree options and serves 50,000 non-credit students from HACC's 10-county service areas and beyond. Its open enrollment policy ensures that any student with a high school diploma or GED can enroll in classes.

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