TIMMINS, ON: Enrolment is on the rise at Northern College states a report released by the college’s Institutional Research Office. The report, titled the 2013 – 2014 Student and Grad Profile – Environmental Scan, contains college enrolment, demographic and Key Performance Indicator (KPI) data for the 2013 – 2014 academic year.
One of the major trends identified in the report is that full-time, post-secondary enrolment at the college was 8.6 per cent higher during the 2013 – 2014 academic year than it was five years prior. The college’s Veterinary Technician and Electrical Engineering Technician programs saw double-digit percentage growth compared to the previous year, contributing to a 16 per cent increase in overall first-year enrolment from the previous year.
“Increasing enrolment is one of our major goals as an institution, and we’re pleased to see that our efforts are showing results,” says Fred Gibbons, President of Northern College. “From our ongoing efforts to make education more accessible to all learners in our region and to increase student satisfaction, to our commitment to providing programming in line with the needs of our local Aboriginal communities, we’re doing everything we can to make a Northern College education more valuable for students and employers.”
Since 2010, the portion of applications coming to the college from within its catchment area has shrunk by six per cent. Growth in applications from outside of the catchment area mostly stems from other northern communities.
The college is working to attract more students from southern Ontario. In August of 2014, Northern College and the five other publicly-funded colleges in northern Ontario announced that they had received $3 million from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation to fund the Study North Initiative. The initiative will promote work and study opportunities in the north to students in southern Ontario, including the Greater Toronto Area.
“Northern College offers an educational environment and experience that simply cannot be found anywhere else in Ontario,” says Gibbons. “Our campuses are welcoming places where students get to know each other and their instructors by name, and have easy access to state-of-the-art equipment. Our low student-to-teacher ratio is a major advantage to students, and has a positive effect on their learning outcomes. It’s a completely different experience than what you’d find at a larger college.”
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