Student population is on the rise as Lethbridge College registers a 12.8 per cent increase in first-year applications with 10.9 per cent confirming enrolment, says Krista Pearson, associate VP of Enrolment and Learner Services.
That increase in enrolment works out to between 500 to 600 more full- time students attending the college this fall.
Lethbridge college catches 32 per cent of students who are entering post secondary education from the Lethbridge area, Pearson says.
The business program in particular has increased by 40 per cent in just the last year. That’s a jump to 180 students from 127.
The criminal justice program rose by 200 students with correctional studies up 30 per cent, and culinary studies climbing by 12 per cent.
Pearson says the college has engaged in new marketing initiatives over the last couple years.
Pearson says Lethbridge college started a promotional idea last year called the RBC home sponsorship program. As part of the program, families of potential students are invited to stay in the residences over the weekend to see what the college has to offer.
The college has reached beyond its borders, and now is seeing new applicants from Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, Ghana, the United States, and India.
Lethbridge has Nationally recognized programs, and an award winning faculty that draw students from all over Canada to enroll in the Criminal Justice, Environmental Science, Fashion Design, and marketing programs.
Pearson says the percentage of students from out of town has been on a steady rise. In 2007-08 that population was 3.4 per cent. Last year, it was 4.3 per cent and this fall it’s five per cent.