Slight drop in enrolment
Big demand for trades programs, says administrator at Carbonear college campus
Enrolment at the Carbonear campus of the College of the North Atlantic is down slightly this fall.
But campus administrator Gary Myrden points out the overall numbers are only down by about 20 students.
Last year the campus saw its enrolment increase by about 20 per cent, which Myrden described at the time as “an extreme jump.”
The campus registered a total of 249 students in 2010, including 238 full-time and 11 part-time. This fall there are 230 students, including 226 full-time and four part-time.
Myrden attributed last year’s anomaly to an extra section in the campus’ electrical program, which accounted for an extra 16 students in that program alone.
But the most dramatic surge last year was in the university transfer program, where the numbers jumped from 45 to 70.
Some 65 students have registered for the university transfer program this year, Myrden said last week.
“ There are smaller families now, and we only get a certain percentage (of the graduates) from the four high schools in our catchment area,” the campus spokesman pointed out.
The Carbonear campus also offers three programs in the trades: construction industrial electrical; carpentry, which includes a heritage carpentry component for those who wish to avail of it, and bricklayer.
Pointing out the trades programs are full, Myrden said, “ we’re quite pleased with enrolment overall.”
With the addition of Level 1 to its Level 2 and 3 Adult Basic Education (ABE) program, the campus is also offering a full academic program this year. Level 1 is designed for students who dropped out of school at an earlier grade, the administrator explained.
And the campus also offers a couple of business programs.
Myrden said they are currently working on adding a full-time meat cutting program, “ which we hope to launch in January, 2012.”
He said the new program would utilize the agrifoods plant on campus, “and it looks like it’s going to be a five-month program.”
The Carbonear campus of the College of The North Atlantic has registered some 230 students this fall, down slightly from last year’s numbers.