Enrollment up at Bay campuses

ESCANABA — Bay College enrollment numbers have risen this fall, including at the West campus in Iron Mountain, according to college officials.

As of Friday, 1,958 students were enrolled at Bay for the fall 2018 semester, Bay College Vice President of Student Services Travis Blume said.

“We’re hovering right around that 2,000 number, which is really exciting,” he said.

This marks a 6 percent increase from the fall 2017 semester’s head count, Blume noted.

At Bay’s Iron Mountain campus, enrollment has increased 10 percent this fall compared with the fall 2017 semester.

“Their enrollment is going well,” Blume said.

A significant factor behind these increases, he said, has been expanding the local early college programs, which give students an opportunity to work towards earning college degrees or certificates while still in high school.

This fall, Bay has begun new partnerships with Escanaba Area High School, Mid Peninsula High School and Big Bay de Noc School on early college programs. Additional dual-enrollment opportunities have been established with schools near Bay’s Escanaba and Iron Mountain campuses.

“We are very excited about the expansion of our partnerships around dual enrollment and early college this year,” Bay College President Laura Coleman said.

The increased enrollment seems to show that expansion is paying dividends.

“(I’m) very, very pleased that our enrollment is up this year … and that the work our academics and student services have been doing is achieving (these) results,” she said.

Jordan Beck can be reached at 906-786-2021 or jbeck@dailypress.net.