SCC Sees 12% Spring Enrollment Increase

Southeast Community College achieved an enrollment of 9,505 students for the 2024 Spring Semester, a 12% increase over the 2023 Spring Semester and the highest spring enrollment since 9,067 students were enrolled for the 2020 Spring Semester.

“This is the largest increase in enrollment since I arrived in 2014,” said Dr. Paul Illich, SCC president. “This increase is consistent with our transformative initiative to expand our capacity to produce a skilled workforce and strengthen our communities.”

Of the total spring enrollment, 94% of the students are from Nebraska, with 83% from SCC’s 15-county service area, an increase of 13% and 14% respectively. Since Spring 2020, the Milford Campus has seen the greatest enrollment increase at 48.9%, going from 998 students in 2020 to 1,486 students in 2024. This is particularly timely given that the Milford Campus consists of heavy technology programs related to the high demand, skill, and wage industry sectors.  Enrollment on the Lincoln Campus is 6,816 students, while the Beatrice Campus has 1,042 students.

“The enrollment increase is a powerful reminder of the importance of ensuring everyone in our service area has access to the life-changing benefits of higher education,” Illich said.

Overall, 18 programs saw increases in enrollment of more than 14% this spring. This includes an increase in the career/technical programs in Computer Information Technology (19%), Business (17%), Welding Technology (18%), and Manufacturing (11%).

Neal Stenberg, a member of SCC’s Board of Governors, said, “This is an amazing development under our administration’s leadership. A lot of credit has to go to past Boards (of Governors), the current Board, and to our dedicated and talented faculty and staff. It’s been a great team effort.”

“SCC has remained committed to directly addressing the skilled workforce gap in the College’s 15-county service area by pursuing its strategic initiatives to expand its capacity to produce a skilled workforce to support its employers, communities, and students,” said Illich. “We have been very fortunate to have a number of community and industry leaders champion the College in these transformative efforts.”

Jennifer Snyder
Communications Specialist