KIRKLAND LAKE, ON: Northern College is expecting a substantial increase in the number of first-year students attending the Kirkland Lake Campus this year. The number of students who have confirmed their acceptance of an offer to study at the campus is up 24 per cent over last year.
The strongest first-year confirmation growth at the Kirkland Lake Campus is in the campus’ School of Health Sciences. Major factors in this increase are a large intake of Practical Nursing students and the first intake of the newly established Massage Therapy program. The Personal Support Worker program has seen first-year confirmations rise fivefold over last year. An increase in Health Sciences students is of major benefit to the north, where demand for skilled healthcare workers is high and expected to rise dramatically as the region’s aging populace places increasing demand on the healthcare system.
The number of first-year confirmations in the campus’ School of Business and Office Administration has risen by 43 per cent, with increases occurring in the majority of programs. Further increases are expected in correlation with the Government of Canada’s projections of high demand for Business and Office Administration workers of all types over the next decade.
Northern College’s School of Welding Engineering Technology has also seen a dramatic increase in the number of first-year confirmations. The majority of these new confirmations are in the Mechanical Technician – Welding Fitter and Welding Engineering Technology programs. Enrolment in School of Welding Engineering Technology programs is expected to increase as government and industry continue to provide incentives to study trades and technology programs in an effort to combat an ongoing shortage of skilled workers.
“An increase in enrolment at Northern College is positive for all of northeastern Ontario,” said Fred Gibbons, President of Northern College. “As the demand for skilled workers increases across the region, we will continue to produce graduates that meet those demands. Our position as a global leader in Welding Engineering Technology education will result in enrolment increases as demand for workers in this field continues to rise. We also expect further enrolment increases as we continue pursuing our goal of increasing access to post-secondary education across the region.”
The increased number of first-year confirmations at the Kirkland Lake Campus is reflective of a broader Northern College trend. Compared to last year, the first-year student count is up 11 per cent at the Timmins Campus, and 31 per cent at the Haileybury Campus. The number of first-year students at Northern’s Moosonee Campus has more than quadrupled over last year.
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