Study: More students complete community college programs
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- A new study shows an almost 63 percent increase in the number of students who completed community college programs over a ten year period.
In 1996 nearly 32,800 students completed programs. That jumped to almost 53,400 students last year.
The study was conducted by the Center for Governmental Studies at Northern Illinois University.
The four program areas that had the most number of students were protective services, construction trades, health professions and precision production trades.
The president of the Illinois Community College Board says community college graduates are good for Illinois since the majority stay in the state after completing school.
Illinois has 48 community colleges.
(On the Net: Illinois Community College Board www.iccb.org.)