Jan 13, 2021 3:33 PM

HutchCC president pleased with direction of college in spite of pandemic

Posted Jan 13, 2021 3:33 PM

By NICK GOSNELL

Hutch Post

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — HutchCC President Carter File feels good about how many kids coming out of high school are making decisions to attend there.

"Our traditional aged enrollment has been real steady," File said. "Year over year, we're down slightly, but its not falling off a cliff like it has at some other community colleges across the country."

The same is not true for adult learners.

"I think some of the unsettledness around the COVID-19 virus and whether people are going to get called back to work, what their jobs are going to look like when they come back has impacted some of our adult learners," File said. "They're waiting it out and seeing."

With that said, no matter which way the economy turns in 2021, File likes the college's position.

"We're very well positioned to help adult learners if they want to get into a new career," File said. "If they want to take a short-term certificate, nine months, one year and change the industry they are in or change their career trajectory."

HutchCC is also an economical option for those students who are coming out of high school and know they want a four year degree but don't yet know from where or in what, as students can get prerequisites out of the way for much less than they can at many four year schools.