Enrollment at US community colleges plummets amid pandemic
February 21, 2021
PHOENIX (AP) — Peniella Irakoze is cold calling a list of 1,001 fellow students who didn't return to Phoenix College this semester, checking on how they're managing during the coronavirus pandemic.
The calls have become a regular part of her job at a community college like others across the U.S. that have experienced significant enrollment declines as students face challenges with finances, family life and virtual learning.
"I didn't know that so many people were struggling," said Irakoze, 20, who studies medical laboratory science and works part-time for the college. "So many students ar...