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Jack McDuffie Special to the Journal

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DUBLIN — Registration for the fall semester at Bladen Community College is strong with more than 1,280 students already enrolled as of Thursday. With approximately 70 more high school students expected to enroll through the Career and College Promise technical programs and more in classes that start later in the semester, enrollment is expected to surpass last fall’s figure.

BCC President William Findt said he is pleased with registration results for the fall semester. He said that student recruitment this summer by the faculty and staff ensured a successful registration.

“We have worked hard to reach potential students and let them know that Bladen Community College is here to help them in whatever way we can to attain the skills necessary to gain employment in today’s economic environment,” said Findt. “All of the college staff have worked around the county and to get the message out.”

“The mission of Bladen Community College is to train students for their life’s work,” Findt said. “The jobs that are available now will require a high level of skills, including a strong work ethic and the ability to think critically. I am confident in the ability of our faculty and staff to help our students acquire these skills.”

According to Associate Vice President for Student Services Barry Priest, the registration “went smoothly” with very few lines being encountered by students anywhere in the process.

Priest attributed the success of the registration, at least in part, to the fact that several registration periods had been used, beginning in April and continuing until the final registration period this week. In addition, more than 300 new students had been enrolled during New Student Orientation on August 7.

“We are pleased with this year’s fall registration,” Priest said. “Because of declining enrollment not only here at BCC but across the nation, we didn’t know what to expect for this fall. As it has turned out, we’ve done well and enrollment seems to have stabilized.

“As of today, we have registered more than 1,280 (curriculum) students for the fall semester and we will add a number of high school students who are pursuing degrees in technical areas through Career and College Promise,” he added.

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