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Economy, quality education drives students to BCC

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

In a time when a difficult economy marks many cutbacks, declines and belt-tightening, it’s good to see some growth in an important part of our community–Brunswick Community College.

Registration is now under way at BCC and through its early registration period, student numbers have already exceeded last year’s total fall enrollment numbers.

BCC President Stephen Greiner said the school would not turn students away. Its first priority will be to fill all seats in its classes, then, if needed, add more classes to accommodate the community’s needs.

In this economy, countless once prospering Brunswick Countians have lost their jobs. Through cutbacks and layoffs, many have been left wondering what the future may hold. Through career and other training programs, many residents can now go back to school to refresh old skills and learn new traits that will make them more competitive in a narrow job market. Through networking through BCC, students will also have opportunities to explore new career ventures.

That’s exactly what a community college is all about.

Additionally, through its community enrichment courses, residents can fill their downtime with new skills, everything from learning a second language to cooking and studying literature.

Younger students, who may have previously considered going to a four-year college or university, are also turning to BCC. Increased financial aid may also help financially struggling students make a college dream a reality.

BCC’s affordability and quality education make it a gem for Brunswick County, and we’re fortunate to have a strong, growing community college right here.

Have you visited BCC lately? If you haven’t, stop by the campus off U.S. 17 in Bolivia or visit one of its satellite locations. To find out more, check out http://www.brunswickcc.edu.

And don’t forget about the upcoming “Dancing with the Brunswick County Stars” fundraiser. This dance show is sure to entertain all that attend, but it’s also for a great cause. Money raised from the event will go toward BCC student scholarships.

This year’s event will be at 6 p.m. Aug. 28 at Sea Trail Resort & Conference Center. To find out more about it, visit the Foundation of Brunswick Community College’s Web site at www.brunswickcollegefoundation.com/dancing_stars.asp.