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Prepping for higher learning

DEMOPOLIS – Although the official head count isn’t in, the Demopolis campus director for Alabama Southern is sure numbers have increased since last year.

“We are starting our third year of classes and it feels like more students are coming in. We’ve experienced a 15 percent growth in the first two years and I am excited to see what’s going to happen this year,” Ogden said during Thursday’s registration period. “Things look good and we’ve been very busy, but I really don’t know how many students we have enrolled yet.”

In addition to the usual Alabama Southern students, the two-year community college’s numbers are also sure to rise due to the school’s dual enrollment program which is in its first year of operation.

“We are having great participation from the dual enrollment programs,” Ogden said, “and we are welcoming students from both Demopolis High School and West Alabama Prep.”

Even if the numbers aren’t as high as they were last fall, Ogden is sure the students and faculty at Alabama Southern will enjoy their fall and spring classes.

“The turnout is very encouraging,” he said with a smile, ” and I am sure we will have another great year.”