VALDOSTA -- As anticipated, Valdosta Technical College's fall quarter enrollment is up from last year's.

"We are expecting a 10 percent increase over last year ... maybe more," said Mary Ann Hagler, executive vice president. "Fall quarter of last year, we had approximately 2,100 credit-seeking students."

Hagler said the final count will not be known for a couple of weeks. However, Val Tech officials expect it to be close to 2,400.

"These numbers do not include our other programs we offer out here such as continuing education, adult literacy and GED, etc.," said Hagler. "That will give us another approximately 1,500 students. We will easily have between 4,000 and 5,000 students out here this quarter."

Two full-time programs are new to Val Tech this quarter, which began Wednesday night for evening students and this morning for day students. They are medical laboratory technology and data communications electronics.

Hagler said they are expecting good enrollment in these programs.

The growth of Val Tech over the last few quarters has been astounding, and several programs are feeling the crunch.

Butch Moser, admissions director, said half of Val Tech's programs have waiting lists, especially those in the medical field of study.

"These particular programs are only allowed a limited number of students due to clinical situations and various other factors," said Julia Dennard, public relations coordinator and Val Tech spokesperson.

Regarding the evening division, director Larry Yarbrough said Wednesday evening that things are pretty hectic right now.

"It is a normal first night of a new quarter," Yarbrough said. "We are helping new students find their classes and adding new classes to accommodate the students we have coming in."

Yarbrough said the consistent growth Val Tech has experienced over the last few years is exciting.

"It is always more fun to be growing," he added.

Val Tech is a public two-year postsecondary unit of the Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education. It is accredited by the accrediting commission of the Council on Occupational Education.

To contact reporter Jessica Pope, please call 244-3400, ext. 255.

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