Western Mass. community colleges seeing surge in applications

WNYT Staff
Created: August 14, 2020 07:30 AM

The pandemic is having another impact on the education system. Some college students are deciding to go to a community college rather than a four-year school.

Community colleges in Western Massachusetts are seeing a surge in applications.


Changes to college courses and campus life have people thinking about other options. 

NewsChannel 13’s NBC affiliate in Springfield spoke with Chris Yurko, Media Relations Manager at the Holyoke Community College.

“Anecdotally our admissions team reported that we have seen a significant surge in applications and enrollment during the last couple of weeks. Because of COVID-19, our numbers were down, but they are now significantly improved,” Yurko said.

Public colleges and universities have been facing budget pressures and declining enrollment in recent years.

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