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Some Arizona community colleges are losing students. What are they doing to get them back?

Steven Gonzales
Maricopa Community Colleges
Steven Gonzales

Enrollment at community colleges in Maricopa and Pima counties is dropping.

Pima Community College has seen 19% fewer students than in the fall of 2019, while at the Maricopa Community Colleges, enrollment is down 17%.

The interim chancellor of the Maricopa Community College District, Steven Gonzales, says one of the 10 colleges in the system currently has positive enrollment growth, while the rest are down between 5-10%, on average.

The Show spoke with Gonzales to learn about the decline in enrollment and what officials are doing about it.

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Mark Brodie is a co-host of The Show, KJZZ’s locally produced news magazine. Since starting at KJZZ in 2002, Brodie has been a host, reporter and producer, including several years covering the Arizona Legislature, based at the Capitol.