October 5, 2012--Lakeland College’s fall-term enrolment has increased for the third year in a row.
As of Sept. 27 there were 2,500 full-time and part-time credit students enrolled in classes at Lakeland College, an increase of 5.8 per cent from the same time last year and a 19.2 per cent increase from September 2009.
There are currently 834 full-time and 117 part-time students at the Vermilion campus, 705 full-time and 165 part-time students at the Lloydminster campus, and 100 full-time and 579 part-time students in online and off-campus programs.
Programming areas with the largest increase in enrolment are energy and petroleum technology, trades and technology, sign language studies, and human services, says Phil Allen, vice president of advancement and student services at Lakeland College.
He credited some of the growth to the introduction of a new heavy oil power engineering diploma program this fall, an increase in apprenticeship students, and a large jump in part-time enrolment in power engineering, educational assistant and early learning and child care courses. There are also 53 high school students taking dual credit courses at the college.
This year’s class includes students from every province and territory in Canada but for Nunavut. There are also international students from United States, Finland, Barbados, Jamaica, Bahamas, Japan and Australia.
These numbers are a snapshot of the college’s enrolment at this time of the year. There are more apprenticeship technical training, fire and emergency services, practical nurse, university transfer, business and other program intakes throughout the year, says Allen. Last year Lakeland College served 7,500 full-time and part-time students during the academic year.