Enrollment is down slightly at Honolulu Community College this semester, with a 4,437 students attending class here.
That’s a decline of about 4.6 percent or 213 students from last fall’s enrollment, University of Hawaii officials reported Monday. This decrease comes after record-breaking enrollments in each of the last five years.
The UH System’s newest campus, UH West O’ahu saw the biggest enrollment increase, with a gain of 18.8 percent. Among community colleges, the biggest gain came at Windward Community College, which reported a 2.2 percent increase with 62 students for a total enrollment of 2,840. Kaua’i Community College also posted a gain of 1.3 percent with 19 students for a total enrollment of 1,531.
Officials said the drop in overall enrollment was expected as the economy picked up and more people found jobs instead of continuing with school.
“Students often leave college when the economy provides more jobs. This is particularly true of the community college students,” said Linda Johnsrud, executive vice president for academic affairs, Linda Johnsrud.