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Chesapeake College opens Spring semester

Wednesday, January 25, 2006


 

WYE MILLS – Chesapeake College opened the Spring 2006 semester Wednesday with more than 2,300 students – and more are likely to enroll in the next week, according to college officials.

The college had 2,320 students registered for spring classes as of noon Wednesday, 58 students below last spring´s opening enrollment. Trend data, however, indicates the college may see more students than usual registering through the first week of classes.

"We´ve had more than 300 students register since January 4th, which is a pretty high number," said Dr. Richard Midcap, the college´s vice president for student success and enrollment services. "There are also more than 700 students who were here in the fall who haven´t registered for spring classes yet, which would indicate we could see significant registrations through next week."

Rupert Walters of Chester was one of the students who waited until the opening day of classes to register for the spring semester. Walters, who registered for four classes, said he waited until yesterday to register for financial reasons.

"I had planned all along to register for spring, but I needed to make sure that I had enough money for all of the classes," said Walters, who works full-time at the Kent Island McDonald´s. "Coming in here this morning I was worried that there wouldn´t be room in any of the classes I needed. I was fortunate to find slots in four of the classes that I wanted."

Forty-five minutes after arriving on campus, Walters was on his way to an English class, his first of the semester.

Students are permitted to register for classes before they meet for the second week. As a result, students may register for classes that meet twice a week – which is most daytime classes – right up until the class meets for the third time.

Students registering for once-a-week night classes have to be registered prior to the second meeting, according to Midcap.

Kathy Petrichenko, the college´s director of admissions, said the college has added several recruitment initiatives designed to bring in students sitting on the fence.

"Last week, we conducted a phone-a-thon to all of last fall´s students who had not yet registered for spring classes, and we also sent out postcard reminders," said Petrichenko. "We´ve also extended our newspaper and radio advertising as an extra reminder to procrastinating students."

Evening classes remain the area with the most remaining class spots, according to Petrichenko. She noted the college has continuing evening registration hours that are more convenient for the nontraditional students who typically comprise the largest segment of the evening student population.

The college is open until 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday (and 4:30 p.m. on Fridays).

Petrichenko also noted that students who meet certain eligibility requirements can register online at www.chesapeake.edu.

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