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Classes begin Monday at Chattahoochee Tech
Classes begin Monday at Chattahoochee Tech

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Chattahoochee Technical College begins its first semester today with 11,873 students on the rolls.

Those returning to campus face the changes of an academic schedule, including classes starting a month earlier, and classes carrying three credit hours instead of five.

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"We knew there would be questions and even some confusion," said Dr. Sanford Chandler, president of CTC. "We've been preparing for this for more than a year, but you still know that there are going to be questions and concerns when you go through a change this big. The thing we have to remember is that our students are prepared to learn and our faculty is ready to teach. That's the one thing that hasn't changed."

Over 70 percent of CTC students attend the two most popular campuses -- Marietta and North Metro. Online classes also remain a favorite option, as they offer flexibility in scheduling that working students need.

More than 2,800 students on the rolls were considered new, with no previous college credit from CTC.

As of Monday morning, enrollment at each campus stands at:

* Appalachian, Jasper: 713 students
* Austell: 300 students
* Canton: 788 students
* Marietta: 4,848 students
* Mountain View, Marietta: 873 students
* North Metro, Acworth: 3,412 students
* Online: 3,603 students
* Paulding, Dallas: 1,380 students
* Woodstock: 595 students

These numbers indicate that the average age of CTC students is 28, the same as in previous years.

Popular programs of study include healthcare prerequisites and technical specialist certificates.