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August 14, 2012

Higher education booming in Morehead

Aug. 14, 2012 —        Public higher education apparently is heading for a boom school year in Morehead.

       Record fall enrollments are likely at both Morehead State University and the Rowan Campus of Maysville Community and Technical College (RC-MCTC).

       Classes started Monday at RC-MCTC and Campus Director Russ Ward said classrooms and parking spaces were in short supply.

       “We are doing our best to accommodate everyone and most are very understanding of our situation,” Ward said. 

       In addition to classes at the main campus facility on Viking Drive off KY 32, the two-year school also offers classes at two locations in Mt. Sterling and in downtown Morehead at the former middle school library where a new cosmetology class started this week.

       “At this point it looks likely that we will exceed last fall’s head count of 670 students at the Rowan Campus,” he added.

       Ward said the institution is “very anxious” to occupy its new technology center next year in Mt. Sterling and to build the first phase of its new campus at the John Will Stacy MMRC Regional Business Park on KY 801.

       The $35 million first phase of a new campus was the highest priority project of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) in the 2012 legislation session. However, no capital projects were funded in the 2012-14 state budget.

       Meanwhile, MSU is preparing for what appears to be its largest freshman class in history to show up this Friday for “move-in” day for new students.

       Returning students will be welcomed back on Thursday.

       “Our goal for this fall was 1,600 new freshmen and the most recent calculations indicate we will hit that mark,” said Jeffrey Liles, MSU’s assistant vice president for enrollment services.

       Last fall’s count of new freshmen was 1,372.

       Morehead State had its largest total head count in history last fall when 10,971 students enrolled on campus, online, at its five regional campuses and at 38 area high schools participating in the “Early College” program.

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