TIMMINS, ON: More students have started a post-secondary program at Northern College this year compared to last, recently released data from the college’s Institutional Research Office reveals. The data, part of an enrolment count performed on October 20, 2015, shows an increase of over seven per cent in full-time first-year students.
Much of the growth in first-year enrolment at the college can be attributed to Northern’s School of Health Sciences and Emergency Services, with nearly 65 more students starting a program in the school compared to last year.
“We are happy to see increasing enrolment in our Health Sciences and Emergency Services programming, because the changing demographics of our region and nation are creating significant career opportunities in the health care field,” says Fred Gibbons, President of Northern College. “Demand for highly-skilled health care workers is only set to rise over the years to come, and we will continue to offer exceptional programs designed to meet that demand.”
The increase in first-year enrolment at the college is reflective of a broader trend in Ontario’s college system, which has hit record enrolment levels this year with full-time first-year enrolment growth of 2.7 per cent over 2014.
Northern is also experiencing changes in the demographics of its student body, with 17 per cent of its students being residents of southern Ontario or the Greater Toronto Area in 2015, compared to only 14 per cent in 2012. The college has also seen significant growth in international enrolment in recent years, with 24 international students studying at the college this year.
Final enrolment figures, which will be reported to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, will be available in late November, based on an official count performed on November 1, 2015.
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