Unemployment rates have students heading back to the classroom

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Trident Technical College has seen a surge in enrollment over the past few years.

In 2009, enrollment spiked 16 percent from the previous year, according to college officials. Students say when they had trouble finding a job, going back to school seemed like the logical answer.

"Technical jobs are the backbone of America," says Candice Underwood. "I was looking for fast food jobs, any kind of job you could think of. No one was hiring so I decided to go back to school."

Last year, 91 percent of students that graduated from Trident found a job in their field of study or went on to obtain higher education.

President Mary Thornley says the average age of a Trident student is 28-years-old.

"That tells me these students are not still living with mom and dad. They may be single parents. They need to learn skills fast," says Thornley.

Trident Technical College is ranked number two in the nation for student satisfaction.

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