Slight drop in en­rol­ment

Big de­mand for trades pro­grams, says ad­min­is­tra­tor at Car­bon­ear col­lege cam­pus

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY BILL BOW­MAN

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.”

Photo by Bill Bow­man/the Com­pass

The Car­bon­ear cam­pus of the Col­lege of The North At­lantic has reg­is­tered some 230 stu­dents this fall, down slightly from last year’s numbers.

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