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Yet another record fall enrolment points to continued growth at Okanagan College.
A snapshot of student enrolment in mid-September shows an overall four per cent increase in the number of students over the same time last year: 6,216 compared to 5,976 a year ago. That news comes in the wake of a 16 per cent increase in the College’s summer enrolments.
“This growth is an important signal,” says Okanagan College President Jim Hamilton. “It means we’re able to accommodate more students who are able to pursue their career and academic goals.”
The growth is notable in a variety of areas, observes Hamilton. For example, first-year university science enrolments have increased 51 per cent over the previous year (338, up from 254); student numbers in the environmental studies also more than doubled (50 compared to 20); students taking first year of business administration programs have increased about 10 per cent (556 compared to 504); and student enrolment in the two years of the Criminal and Social Justice Diploma program has climbed 53 per cent (129 compared to 84). These strong surges in enrolment highlight just a few of the diverse opportunities provided to students at Okanagan College.
If the trend holds through the full year, 2011-12 will be the seventh year in a row that Okanagan College has grown. Since 2005, Okanagan College has grown by 46 per cent – exceeding government-set targets each year. Last year, the College was bigger than Okanagan University College in its last year of operation (2004-05, before the advent of the College and UBC Okanagan).
Over the course of this year, Okanagan College will provide courses and programs to more than 20,000 different people.
The fall enrolment data only tells part of the picture at Okanagan College. It is a snapshot of students enrolled in programs that started in September. The College has other programs that start later in the fall and in January. There are still more that started in the summer and continue through the fall.
On a campus-by-campus basis, the fall headcount enrolment numbers, not including Continuing Studies courses:
· Kelowna: 4,361 (4,118 in 2010)· Vernon: 773 (761 in 2010)· Penticton: 610 (604 in 2010)· Salmon Arm: 335 (381 in 2010). (Where the headcount declined this year, the number of course registrations is up - 1,357 courses compared to 1,345 last year).· The number of students registered in distance education has grown to 137 from 112 last year. Course registrations in that area have grown to 1,072 from 722 in fall 2010.