HENDERSON, Ky. -- Henderson Community College ended the fall 2017 term unofficially with 1,490 students as compared to 1,323 total student headcount from fall 2016. This is an increase of 12.6 percent.
The increase was primarily attributed to the enrollment of 328 dual credit students in college classes and through the Early College Academy.There were 110 dual credit students enrolled in the fall semester 2016.
Dual credit classes are taught at the high school or college. Class credit counts towards both high school and college completion.
The Early College Academy is a partnership with Henderson County, Union County and Webster County High Schools. These 41 students take all college credit classes on the HCC campus. Juniors who started classes this fall term will graduate with both their high school diploma and associate's degree in May 2019.
HCC has a number of strategies underway to increase access to higher education. Potential students may take classes that transfer to a four-year university towards a bachelor's degree.
However, the college also offers a number of short-term certificate programs and longer degree programs that lead directly to employment in the region.