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Wake Tech's enrollment booming

Posted July 28, 2010

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— Enrollment has reached an all-time high at Wake Tech Community College.

The college's senior vice president, Bryan Ryan, said Wednesday that 16,000 students are enrolled in classes for the fall session.

The numbers, he said, are a result of a combination of students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university and unemployed workers going back to school after getting laid off.

Typically during tough economic times, Ryan said, growth jumps 12 to 15 percent.

"When the economy is in difficult straights, then we've got people who are out of a job who want re-training to get back into a job as quick as they can," he said. "You've got people who are unemployed who want to improve their skills."

Approximately half of those enrolled haven't paid their tuition in full, Ryan said, and those who still owe by Thursday will be purged from the registration system.

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Their spot in classes will open up to the more than 14,000 names on an online waiting list.

"I don't think we'll get to all 14,000," he said. "We can fill the seats, but some waiting lists are longer than the number of seats that are available in the class."

Wake Tech has brought in additional faculty to help with the demand, but Ryan said it's unclear just how many people will be accommodated.

"We try to manage the growth as much as we can, but sometimes we can't predict where the growth is going to be," Ryan said.

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  • Plenty Coups Jul 30, 2010

    dontlikesocialist-"If we nationalized the national guard and used them to arrest and deport all of the illegal immigrants it wouldn't take long to accomplish this task. Most likely less than 30 days at most."

    We have had national guard troops there and Obama is sending more. BTW, where did you get your 30 days from? Do you know how long that border is?
    http://www.themonitor.com/articles/valley-41312-border-guard.html

    That still doesn't address the issue of Republicans unwilling to compromise on what to do about illegals currently here. I agree, something should be done. But when you constantly refuse to copromise or accept the fact that other people's opinions might have validity, it leads to gridlock. This seems to be a priority issue with so many conservatives (I don't quite get it) but it seems like what I said before, they really don't want it solved. They use it to keep people's anger up.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Jul 29, 2010

    If we nationalized the national guard and used them to arrest and deport all of the illegal immigrants it wouldn't take long to accomplish this task. Most likely less than 30 days at most.

    Instead the Democrats want the illegal immigrants given amnesty to create 10+ million new Democrat voters and the Republicans want them here without amnesty to create a cheap workforce.

  • Plenty Coups Jul 29, 2010

    "Our Federal law says they should be arrested and deported."
    Not a realistic solution for all of the millions of them. That's why nothing gets done about it because you and others are unwilling to compromise. So again, is it better to stick to your guns and accomplish nothing or compromise and accomplish something?

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Jul 29, 2010

    "You can either compromise and find a solution to the problem, or you can simply listen to more right wing radio and denounce everything as "amnesty". Even Bush was forced to back down when he tried to find a workable solution to illegal immigration from 2005-2007 when GOP congressmen stopped supporting his plan after opposition from people worked up by radio personalities. So in the end nothing is accomplished. I guess that plays well for Rush and Beck though, keeping their listeners angry and listening. Doesn't help the country much though. - Plenty Coups"

    No reason to compromise on illegal immigration.

    They are criminals who are here illegally.

    Our Federal law says they should be arrested and deported.

    It's very clear what should happen if Obama and the DOJ would get out of the way and start enforcing our Federal laws as written.

  • Plenty Coups Jul 29, 2010

    Don'tlikethesocialist-"The right's fascination with illegal immigration is because Obama wants to grant amnesty to the 10+ million illegal immigrants who are are criminals who are in this country illegally."

    You can either compromise and find a solution to the problem, or you can simply listen to more right wing radio and denounce everything as "amnesty". Even Bush was forced to back down when he tried to find a workable solution to illegal immigration from 2005-2007 when GOP congressmen stopped supporting his plan after opposition from people worked up by radio personalities. So in the end nothing is accomplished. I guess that plays well for Rush and Beck though, keeping their listeners angry and listening. Doesn't help the country much though.

  • sturrentine Jul 29, 2010

    Just wanted to know when this issue became about Obama? It is about the individuals out of work, students that need work, and individuals that need a refresher. At this point and time individuals that are pointing fingers are not becoming apart of the solution. YOU ARE APART OF THE PROBLEM. YOU SHOULD BE APART OF THE SOLUTION!!!!!

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Jul 29, 2010

    The right's fascination with illegal immigration is because Obama wants to grant amnesty to the 10+ million illegal immigrants who are are criminals who are in this country illegally.

    Obama wants to do this so he can pick up 10+ million Democrat voters to help the Democrats keep control of the House and Senate in 2010 and the White House in 2012.

    It's the Democrats only chance to keep control.

  • Plenty Coups Jul 29, 2010

    Don't like-Here's another article that you should read also:
    http://www.wral.com/news/national_world/national/story/8053398/

    While I agree that we should enforce our laws I'm puzzled by the far right's absolute obsession w/ the illegal immigrant thing. I think it has its roots in talk radio. If Rush is against something, soon enough all his followers follow suit.

  • Plenty Coups Jul 29, 2010

    Don'tlikethesocialistObama-"First question, how do you know this answer? Do you work in Admissions and Registration? If not, you have no clue."

    Here's the article that supports farkas6. Read it, it's about half way down. All that hoopla for what?
    http://www.wral.com/news/state/story/2855131/

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Jul 29, 2010

    "Where in this story is there anything about "illegal aliens"? There are very few who actually take classes at Wake Tech. If they do, they need to pay full, out- of- state tuition, which is prohibitive for most people."

    First question, how do you know this answer? Do you work in Admissions and Registration? If not, you have no clue.

    Also, since they are out of seats for students, it makes sense to kick the illegal immigrants out to allow taxpaying Americans to take their seat.

    Especially since the illegal immigrants who graduate can't legally work in the United States.

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