Enrolment growth continues at Lakeland College

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October 12, 2016
For the third year in a row, Lakeland College’s fall term enrolment has increased
As of Sept. 27, there were 2,292 full-time and part-time students in credit programming at Lakeland College. At the same time last year there were 2,234 students enrolled. In 2013, there were 2,098 students in the fall term.

“We’re very happy with the growth we’ve experienced, especially in full-time enrolment,” says Allen Verbeek, Lakeland’s registrar and dean of Student Services. “We have 1,800 full-time students, a growth of nine per cent from last year when we had 1,654 full-time students at this time.”

University transfer, business administration and agricultural sciences experienced the largest growth in full-time students. Human services programs including early learning and child care, educational assistant and American Sign Language and Deaf culture studies reported the biggest gains in part-time students thanks to the success of online and blended delivery courses.

“Much of this growth can be attributed to the efforts of people in our academic schools to increase student access to post-secondary learning opportunities,” says Mike Crowe, Lakeland’s vice president, academic. For example, additional sections of courses were added to meet student demand and a few programs developed additional online course options to make training more accessible. In addition, the health care aide program is being delivered at the Lloydminster campus and, for the first time, in Wainwright. Both cohorts are full.

This term’s class includes students from throughout Canada plus 18 other countries. 

The fall term report provides a glimpse of current student numbers. It’s anticipated that by June 2017, the end of the academic year, Lakeland will serve more than 7,000 credit and non-credit students at its campuses in Vermilion and Lloydminster and through online and blended delivery. 

“More students will start programs and courses throughout the year. We have numerous apprenticeship technical training intakes, plus more start dates for emergency services, human services, university transfer, business, and renewable energy and conservation programming,” says Verbeek. Continuing education programs and courses also have various start dates.

Enrolment growth is a positive story for Lakeland and the region. According to an economic impact study completed in 2014 by Economic Modeling Specialists Inc., out-of-region student spending adds about $3.8 million in income to the region during the academic year.