Wyoming Community College Enrollment Beginning to Level Off
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming's seven community colleges have been hit with falling enrollment and cuts in state funding, but officials say there are indications that the worst is over.
In 2014, statewide enrollment dropped by nearly 7 percent.
But Wyoming Community College Commission Executive Director Jim Rose says in the past year, it's fallen by less than 1 percent.
The downturn in the state's energy industry has meant community colleges have lost more than $20 million in state funding. That has forced some colleges to cut programs and staff.
Rose says the cuts may have hurt college recruiting efforts.
On the other hand, Rose points out that most colleges have increased their completion rates.