OHS faces dip in college enrollment

54 students participated in the Summer Melt program over the summer and 33 of them enrolled at Indian Hills this fall/KTVO

Ottumwa High School is dealing with a downward trend in the number of graduates enrolling in college.

For schools across the country, college enrollment was at its peak in 2010. Since then, the numbers have dropped.

That initiated some programming in Ottumwa to help turn the trend around.

Ottumwa High School Associate Principal Wendy Maas played a role in starting the so called Summer Melt program. It helps graduates with their college applications, financial aid and scholarships.

Maas said 54 students participated in the program over the summer, and 33 of them enrolled at Indian Hills Community College this fall.

“I think we will continue to see an upward growth for 2017,” Maas said. “Right now, we only have the data for students who are attending Indian Hills."

The program has grown since 2016. That year, only 36 students participated. Out of those, 14 enrolled at IHCC.

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