St. Louis-area community colleges see enrollment dip

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 | 7:44 a.m. CDT; updated 11:03 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, September 18, 2012

ST. LOUIS — Enrollment is down this school year at community colleges in the St. Louis region, and experts say they're not alone.

A spokeswoman for the American Association of Community Colleges told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the number of students is on the decline at two-year schools around the country.

They say part of the problem is that there just aren't as many students to go around. Also, the gradual improvement in the economy is encouraging some students to opt for more expensive four-year schools, or skip college in favor of work.

Fall enrollment numbers aren't yet official, but St. Louis Community College expects to be down 9.4 percent. St. Charles Community College enrollment is down 5.5 percent, and Jefferson College is down 11.6 percent.

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