Memphis vo-tech schools see increase in students

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Vocational-technical schools in Memphis are seeing an increase in students.

The Memphis Daily News reports that thousands of students have signed up at different schools as job prospects for college graduates dim.

Vatterott Career College said it had 1,159 graduates last year at its Dividend Drive campus, almost double what it had in 2008. A smaller campus has gone from 13 students in 2008 to 479 last year.

Many vocational schools have job placement rates of between 70 and 100% in some skill areas. Ralph Fitzgerald, director of Delta Technical College, says companies call the school looking for workers.

Christina Coleman of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission says the amount of private educational institutions in West Tennessee has gone from 13 to 30 in the last 10 years.

Information from: The Memphis Daily News,

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