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Published August 17, 2010, 09:08 AM

Moorhead community college bursting at the seams

Moorhead, Minn. (WDAY TV) - It's that time of year, college students are registering for fall classes. At M-State in Moorhead, the two year community college is bursting at the seams, already reporting record enrollment numbers.

It's orientation day at M-State and 21-year old transfer student Jacob Clarys is mapping out his future.

“Start here and get the basics done and see where I go from there.”

Jacob is a film production student and ideally wants to transfer to film school in L.A. He sees this as an opportunity to get a quality education, for half the price of a four year degree.

“Save as much money as possible, like I said, we could all use it because it's expensive.”

Cases like this keep popping up at M-State. In 2003, enrollment was 15 hundred, this year it's projected to be between 33 and 34 hundred.

“It is a complimentary circle. We're hoping that our energy is good for them; their energy is good for us.”

To keep up with the thousands of new bodies, M-State is going through major renovation and construction projects; new labs, a library, 10 classrooms, and additional parking. The vice president and provost says growth like this is typical during tough economic times.

“Because people are thinking, yeah, I probably do need to either get a set of skills because the job market is more competitive.”

The point is to get students in and out the door quicker, providing traditional and online classes that'll give them the competitive edge they need at an affordable price. M-State is working to allow more transferable credits if students want to pursue a bachelor's degree.