By Hannah Gaber
Arizona Public Media

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Pima Community College reports an 11 percent decline in enrollment this school year from the same period one year ago.

Enrollment for both fall and spring semesters this academic hear followed the pattern, school officials said.

The drop was an expected consequence of the improving job market, said C.J. Karamargin, a spokesman for PCC.

“Typically, community colleges see a spike in enrollment when the economy is bad,” Karamargin said. "And as the economy improves, our enrollment levels off or drops, and that’s what we’re experiencing now.”

The decline in numbers was also linked to a lack of population growth in Pima County, decreases in government funding to students and changes to registration and placement procedures at the college, Karamargin said.

He added that he did not believe tuition increases were a factor.

The numbers were not surprising, he said, and the college planned for the decline.