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WSU Tri-Cities enrollment up

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RICHLAND, Wash. - Washington State University Tri-Cities enrollment rates continue to rise.

This year they've seen about a 7-8% increase in freshmen and minority enrollment. Administrators say they have seen growth across the board including minorities. They say it has to do with the economy and lack of jobs.

"These jobs that used to be there are no longer there. Education, higher education is more of a requirement now to get your foot in the door. A bachelors is similar to what a high school degree used to be," said Jaime Contreras, Director of Student Affairs.

Contreras has been working in Higher Education for about 27 years and says this generation of kids are different from years before.

"They ask about scholarships, they know about internships, they know about experiential learning, outcome based education. They are more savvy," said Contreras.

WSU Tri-Cities has not yet released final numbers.  They say it'll be awhile before they do because they are still registering students for Fall 2010.