Num­bers down at Car­bon­ear cam­pus

Provincewide en­rol­ment at Col­lege of North At­lantic up by 8.2 per cent

The Compass - - EDUCATION - BY MELISSA JENK­INS melissa.jenk­ins@tc.tc

cam­pus.

The col lege elim­i­nated the brick­layer pro­gram ear­lier this year, along with some 30 other pro­grams from the re­main­ing 16 cam­puses.

Tonya Squibb, a Har­bour Grace na­tive and 26-year-old mother of three, told The Com­pass in Septem­ber she would like to see a pho-

While the Town of Car­bon­ear has ex­pe­ri­enced eco­nomic growth, in­creased in­fra­struc­ture and an in­flux of new res­i­dents, the same can­not be said for the lo­cal cam­pus of the Col­lege of the North At­lantic (CNA).

An of­fi­cial with CNA has con­firmed the cam­pus in Car­bon­ear has seen an en­rol­ment de­crease of three per cent over last year, drop­ping from 186 in 2012 to 180 in 2013.

Th­ese num­bers do not in­clude adult ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion, which is no longer of­fered at the cam­pus.

The in­for­ma­tion was sup­plied to The Com­pass af­ter a news re­lease stat­ing that provincewide en­rol­ment at the 17 cam­puses has in­creased by 8.2 per­cent in­crease.

There was no men­tion of the Car­bon­ear cam­pus in the re­lease. Nor was there a break­down of­fered on en­rol­ment trends at spe­cific cam­puses.

It was noted that over­all en­rol­ment has in­creased by 434 stu­dents, and that waitlists had de­creased by 20.1 per cent.

More pro­grams sug­gested

So why is en­rol­ment on a down­ward trend in Car­bon­ear? Some ob­servers blame it on the num­ber and type of pro­grams of­fered at the tog­ra­phy course added to the Car­bon­ear lo­ca­tion, while Kourt­ney Lake, a 19-year-old sin­gle mother from Bay Roberts, has sug­gested a soft­ware de­vel­op­ment course would be wel­come to the area.

Other cour­ses that have been men­tioned in the re­gion are med­i­cal pro­grams such as ra­di­og­ra­phy, lab­o­ra­tory sciences and li­censed prac­ti­cal nurs­ing, as well as weld­ing and plumb­ing.

In April, col­lege of­fi­cials said there were plans to in­crease course of­fer­ings be­cause of the de­mand for trades work­ers at megapro­jects such as Bull Arm, Muskrat Falls and Long Har­bour.

The Car­bon­ear cam­pus of­fers an elec­tri­cian’s pro­gram, and of­fi­cials say plans are be­ing made to ex­pand the pro­gram in or­der to ac­com­mo­date more stu­dents.

En­rol­ment

Mean­while, col­lege of­fi­cials stated that the en­rol­ment surge is be­ing driven by in­creases at the fol­low­ing cam­puses: Bay St. Ge­orge, Bon­av­ista, Cor­ner Brook, Grand Falls-Win­sor, Labrador West, Port aux Basques, Prince Phillip Drive in St. John’s, Ridge Road in St. John’s, Seal Cove in Con­cep­tion Bay South and the online learn­ing pro­gram.

Th­ese larger cam­puses of­fer a broad range of train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, in some cases up to 34 dif­fer­ent pro­grams.

Those ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a de­cline in stu­dent en­rol­ment have fewer pro­grams. They in­clude Car­bon­ear, Baie Verte, Burin, Clarenville, Gan­der, Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay, Pla­cen­tia and St. An­thony. Th­ese cam­puses have be­tween four and 11 course of­fer­ings each.

Photo by Melissa Jenk­ins/Spe­cial to The Com­pass

The Col­lege of the North At­lantic cam­pus in Car­bon­ear has had a de­creased in en­rol­ment of three per cent from 2012 to 2013.

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