A strong economy is not good news for community colleges. Blue Mountain Community College President Dennis Bailey-Fougnier said the downturn is expected.
“We’re down about 2.6 percent, which is less than we’ve been down in the past,” he said. “I’m hoping we’re hitting bottom.”
He said that it looked like BMCC was back on track when enrollment was strong into the summer months, but then enrollments suddenly stalled.
“When the economy is good, our enrollment tends to go down because people are getting jobs,” he said. “As we know, right now in Pendleton, Hermiston, and Boardman there are lots of jobs.”
The 2.6 percent drop will go up slightly soon. Bailey-Fougnier says that’s when enrollments in the early college program by high school students will be complete.