WINCHESTER — Umpqua Community College officials attribute declining enrollment to limits on financial aid and a slightly improving economy but also to prospective students departing Douglas County. “Students are leaving the area looking for work. People 39 and younger are leaving rural areas and that is a key demographic. It’s been a hit to enrollment at the college,” said Dan Yoder, UCC’s director of institutional research and planning. Enrollment spiked during the recession, a predictable consequence of an economic downturn, Yoder said. Enrollment returned last year to more-normal prerecession levels but continues to drop. The fall quarter opened Monday with …
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