[caption id="attachment_35394" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Distance-learning enrollment continues to grow faster than overall college enrollment numbers."]Distance learning enrollment continues to outpace overall college enrollment numbers.[/caption]

Distance-learning enrollment in American community colleges jumped by 22 percent during the 2008-09 academic year, an increase fueled in part by an influx of nontraditional students who require the flexibility of online courses, according to a survey conducted by the Instructional Technology Council (ITC).

The ITC, which is affiliated with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), collected 226 responses from community colleges in its annual survey,

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