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When out-of-work Minnesotans needed access to education, the Minnesota StateColleges and Universities system (MnSCU) was there — in 47 communities across54 campuses in every corner of the state. During the economic downturn, MnSCUplayed a critical role in helping displaced Minnesota workers quickly retrain andupgrade their skills to compete for jobs in new industries or attain higher-paying,more stable careers. MnSCU’s affordability and accessibility were especiallyimportant for non-traditional
students looking to reenter or advance in theworkplace.MnSCU’s enrollment was steadily increasing beforethe 2008-2009 recession; still, it saw a 16 percent totalincrease in credit-seeking students from FY2006 toFY2010. By FY2010, MnSCU’s credit-seeking headcount rose by 38,315 to 276,977 since FY2006, withnearly a seven percent increase from FY2009 toFY2010.The 25-34 age category had the highest head count increasein credit-seeking students, with an additional 15,629 studentsfrom FY2006 to FY2010, bringing the group’s total head count to59,464. Students in this age category comprised 21.7 percent of MnSCU’s total credit-seeking enrollment in FY2010.Typically, non-traditional students have diverse economic backgrounds. Some are young professionals displaced by therecession who are seeking to upgrade their skills. Others arestudents returning to college to nish a degree program. Manyare rst-time students or working parents.Showing MnSCU’s importance to non-traditional students,credit-seeking enrollment for those 55 and older comprised thesecond largest percentage growth at 32 percent. While the actualstudent head counts were much lower than other groups, these1,162 additional students pushed the total 55+ head count to4,789.By FY2010, non-traditional students were graduating withdegrees in four main elds: health care, liberal arts, business,and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics)respectively.
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