Bright fu­ture for Car­bon­ear cam­pus, says col­lege pres­i­dent

The Compass - - OPINION - — Ann Marie Vaughan is pres­i­dent and CEO of the Col­lege of the North At­lantic

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.

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