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Virginia Technical Institute Announces Enrollment Milestone

Monday, January 21, 2013

Student enrollment at Virginia Technical Institute jumped from 176 in the Spring Semester of 2012 to 224 this semester—a 27% increase.  This brings total enrollment at VTI to 400 for the current academic year--a year-over-year increase of 44%.  According to Executive Director Keith Harkins, “students understand our most popular classes--welding, plumbing, electrical, and HVAC-- put them on a fast-track to employment. Industrial Maintenance has been a popular addition to our line-up as well.”   Much of the increase can be attributed to word-of-mouth recommendations from students.   Harkins also pointed out; “Our students serve as our greatest marketing tool.  If we provide them with quality training which leads to employment, they spread the word. Once students understand they will spend 100% of their time at VTI on their trade, they get it.  They understand how much more quickly they can learn a trade when it is the only class they have to take.”

In partnership with the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), VTI provides hands-on instruction in a 75,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility in Altavista.