Pulaski Technical College had a 10 percent increase in enrollment for the fall 2006 semester.
The college had 8,455 students enrolled in college-credit classes on the 11th class day, compared to 7,685 students on the 11th day in fall 2005.
Pulaski Technical College, the state's largest two-year college, has had steady enrollment growth since 1991 when the state Legislature passed Act 1244 that converted the state's former vocational-technical schools into two-year colleges.
"Our growth has been a direct result of our outreach efforts," said Pulaski Technical College President Dr. Dan F. Bakke. "The important thing is that more and more people are realizing the value of higher education and are taking steps to get the skills and knowledge they need to advance in their careers."
Pulaski Technical College's enrollment includes people attending classes at the college's main campus in North Little Rock, Kanis Road site in Little Rock, the Saline County Career Center, the Pulaski Technical College Aviation Technology Center near the North Little Rock Airport and some credit classes at the Business and Industry Center.
Of the students enrolled this fall, 4,065 are attending full-time and 4,390 are enrolled as part-time students. A student taking 12 credit hours is considered a full-time student.
Of this fall's enrollments:
- 53 percent are pursuing an associate of arts or associate of science and plan to transfer to a university to continue their education.
- 33 percent are enrolled in technical/occupational education and are pursuing a technical certificate or an associate of applied science.
- 14 percent are taking classes for their own benefit but not seeking a degree.
- 69 percent are female and 31 percent are male.
- The student body racial make-up is 49 percent black, 47 percent white and 4 percent other.