Student count drops 20 percent at TVCC, forcing cuts

By Les Zaitz

The Enterprise

ONTARIO – The season’s not proving too cheery at Treasure Valley Community College, where another drop in enrollment is forcing yet another round of budget cuts.

College officials went into the new school year expecting the same student count they had last year, arresting a drop dating back to 2010.

Instead, the total student count this fall dropped 20 percent from a year ago. And the full-time equivalent enrollment – converting all students into full-time students for statistical purposes – dropped 7 percent.

“It’s alarming, of course,” said Dana Young, college president.

Young said new programs added this year aren’t doing as well as expected. The college expanded teaching in aircraft, medical, and manufacturing automation. Enrollment stands at 91. The college expected 209.

She said the college also detected the college has fewer part-time students, probably because of the strong . . .