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By Len Kiese - bio | email

July 22, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Gas prices are driving more students to go to class online.

Darton College has seen a 17-percent increase in online class enrollment this summer over last summer. Right now, nearly 1,800 students are enrolled in online courses. 66 of those students are even in other states.

School leaders see the trend growing and foresee even more growth as time goes on.

"Our enrollments grow. I plan for 120 percent enrollment every term. Fall to Fall is typically 20 percent more than the Fall before which means in two years you're doubling enrollment," said Darton Dean of Distance Education Dr. Janice Hilyard.

Dr. Hilyard says enrollment for traditional classes has remained steady with the increase of online class enrollment.

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