Bright future for Carbonear campus, says college president
Please allow me to provide some additional information to your readers concerning enrolment at College of the North Atlantic’s Carbonear campus, in relation to an article published in the Oct. 17, 2013 print edition of The Compass, headlined “Numbers down at Carbonear campus.”
The media release issued by the college, referenced in the article and available on our website, explains that while overall enrolment at CNA is up by 8.2 percent as of September, there are a number of campus locations where enrolment is down. It also states the college will focus on these sites and continue to address program waitlists and labour market demand, and that we expect more campuses to be in a position of positive enrolment growth by the end of the year.
College of the North Atlantic is a 12-month operation. We provide enrolment information in September as that is the traditional date from which program admissions are reported. While Carbonear was down in registrations when comparing September 2012 to September 2013, we should note that the net difference was three per cent (six students less than the previous year).
We are confident that the Carbonear campus will be up registrations in the near future. We are adding two sections of construction/industrial electrical with a capacity of 16 students per offering. There is significant demand for this trade among students in the Carbonear region as evidenced by application numbers. We fully expect Carbonear to be in positive enrolment growth when these programs begin in January.
College of the North Atlantic will continue to meet the labour market needs of the province by offering programs and courses in high demand by students and employers. We remain committed to the Carbonear campus and the Conception Bay North region.