|RPCC students take a break outside Building B between classes on the first day of the spring 2010 semester, Jan. 19.
River Parishes Community College has achieved another enrollment record. Enrollment counselors report that 1,794 students started the semester. That means another spring semester record enrollment for RPCC. The previous enrollment record for a spring semester was last spring, with an enrollment of 1,364.
Students began attending classes Tuesday, January 19 at RPCC. Students and prospective students had until close of business on Jan. 21 to register or enroll in the college.
The college’s highest enrollment ever was fall of 2009. Last fall, 1,817 students were enrolled. In 2009, RPCC had the greatest level of growth among all the colleges in the Louisiana Community and Technical College System.
“This college has seen a steady growth since we opened the doors in 1999,” said Chancellor Joe Ben Welch. “That speaks volumes about the outstanding faculty and staff we have here at RPCC. They are a top-notch group of professionals, who have education as their top priority.”
The newest building on campus, Building E, is in full use for first time this semester. The building provides 9 classrooms, a student lounge and an additional set of bathrooms for use by the school. Last semester, only half of the building was in use.
This semester, the campus also features six new “SMART boards,” boards that can be used in conjunction with a computer to enhance the student’s classroom experience. On a SMART board, the instructor can write, using a special electronic pen, just as with a dry-erase board. The instructor can also do anything on the board that can be done with the Microsoft Office suite of programs, such as photos, graphics, or videos. The SMART boards were purchased with grant money from the Louisiana Board of Regents.