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College sees significant growth in trades, while overall fall enrolment remains steady
Okanagan College Media Release

Okanagan College is reporting a 21 per cent increase in enrolment in trades and apprenticeship programs this fall. Overall the number of students taking classes at the College remains steady. 

Numbers drawn from the fall enrolment report show 5,853 students taking courses as of mid-September, compared to 5,851 at the same time in 2012. The fall enrolment picture is a snapshot that only tells a part of the story: Okanagan College has many programs that start at different times of the year.

The largest area of enrolment growth this fall is in the Trades and Apprenticeship area, with a 21 per cent increase (660 students vs. 547 in 2012).

The Penticton campus saw a 9.3 per cent growth in student numbers, with 655 students in 2013 compared to 599 in 2012. The Salmon Arm campus experienced a 13.9 per cent decrease in student numbers (291 compared to 338). Kelowna’s enrolment was nearly steady, 4,193 vs. 4,197. Enrolment in Vernon was also relatively steady – 714 students this fall compared to 717 in 2012.

Health and social development programming grew by 11 per cent, to 467 students, from 422. Student numbers in Arts programs across the institution dropped by about 11 per cent (1,267 students compared to 1,420).

Science, engineering technology, business and foundational program headcounts are relatively stable this fall compared to last; each is within about one to two per cent of last year’s numbers.

The number of international students grew by 11 per cent (382 vs. 344).

“It’s important to understand that the fall enrolment snapshot is just that, it doesn’t tell the whole story,” noted Dr. Andrew Hay, Vice President Education for the College. “The fall numbers are one of several indicators we use to calculate and predict our enrolment for the year.

“Students begin programs at the College at various points during the year. One of the interesting things about the fall snapshot is that our overall enrolment held steady this fall, while the number of Grade 12 students from the school districts within our region dropped by about 3.4 per cent last year.”

Hay noted that during the 2012-13 academic year, for instance, 21,356 people took courses at the College.