February 13, 2023

Presque Isle – Northern Maine Community College reported a 24.4% year-over-year increase in spring semester enrollment this month, continuing the trend established this fall. The ongoing enrollment growth indicates continued demand for the credentials and degrees offered by the college, led by flagship programs including nursing, electrical construction, and liberal studies.

Nationally, community college enrollment has declined slightly, while other Maine community colleges reported a 12% increase. With growth rates double state averages, administrators on campus are identifying key causes.

“After last fall’s increased enrollment, we called attention to several contributing factors,” NMCC Dean of Students Matthew Grillo stated. “This includes energy around Free Community College, and our improved flexibility. Most importantly though, our graduates are evidence that you can spend one or two years here and find success in a high-demand career, while also learning the soft skills to succeed in today’s world. Most of our students are graduating debt-free. That’s a remarkable outcome that speaks for itself.”

“As we highlighted back in October, NMCC used recent years to reflect and adapt to better meet the needs of our community,” stated NMCC President Timothy Crowley. “Whether enrollment is up or down, we review our strategies and operations. Our goal remains steady: To meet the workforce challenges not just of today, but tomorrow as well. I think NMCC’s innovative attitude is reflected in this latest enrollment data.”

For more information regarding NMCC’s more than 30 programs or workforce development opportunities, please visit nmcc.edu or call the admissions office at (207) 768-2785.