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Fall semester enrolment sets new record

Lakeland College has welcomed the largest fall semester class in its history.

At the end of September there were 2,392 full-time and part-time students in Lakeland credit programming that is delivered on campus, off-site, online or through a blended format.

Of the students enrolled this semester, 1,892 are full-time students, an increase of five per cent from the fall of 2016 when there were 1,800 full-time students. There are 500 part-time students, which is eight more than there were last fall.

Growth in university transfer, business and early learning and child care enrolment, plus the addition of new programs including 2nd Class power engineering, administrative professional and hairstylist contributed to the increase.

“This is a great start to our 2017-18 academic year. The growth is a testament to the work our faculty and staff do to ensure our programming, delivery methods and services meet the needs of students and the labour market,” says Mike Crowe, Lakeland’s vice president, academic and research. For example, increased demand for crop technology programming led to an additional cohort being offered. And this academic year the accounting technician program is being delivered at the Lloydminster campus and in Wainwright.

Crowe added that Lakeland’s focus on student-managed learning experiences differentiates it from other post-secondary institutions, allowing the college to attract more students. “In many of our programs we provide students with the opportunity to gain experience through student-run projects, operations and events. Students immerse themselves in their learning and take on responsibilities that help prepare them for the workforce or further study,” he says.

The fall class includes students from every province and territory but for Quebec and Nunavut as well as United States, India, Australia, Trinidad and Tobago, Mexico, Germany, and Jamaica.

By the time the academic year is complete in June 2018, it’s expected that Lakeland will serve more than 7,000 credit and non-credit students. There are additional apprenticeship technical training, emergency services, human services, renewable energy and conservation, university transfer, business and other program intakes throughout the year. Continuing education programs and courses also have different start dates.

According to an economic impact study completed by Emsi in June, Lakeland, its students and alumni add $120 million to the region’s economy every year. The study also found that for every $1 students invest in a Lakeland education, they receive a cumulative $4.70 in higher future earnings over the course of their working careers.

October 17, 2017
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