Rising enrollment and shrinking budget hurt North Carolina's largest community college

July 20, 2009
Central Piedmont in Charlotte doesn't have the funds to keep up with student demand

From The Charlotte Observer: A one-two punch of rising enrollment and slashed budgets is hitting Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, N.C., a statewide problem that could squeeze students out of needed classes. Enrollment at CPCC climbed 22 percent over the last 18 months. School officials project an additional 12 percent increase this fall as more students turn to community colleges in the recession. The largest community college in North Carolina, with nearly 31,000 for-credit students, CPCC is trying to make up for budget cuts at the same time. The school is planning for a cut of almost 10 percent in addition to absorbing a 10 percent cut from Mecklenburg County.

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