nrol­ment jumps at Leth­bridge Col­lege

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The Leth­bridge Col­lege’s stu­dent pop­u­la­tion has surged for the 2018 fall se­mes­ter with more than 5,100 stu­dents en­rolled in col­lege pro­gram­ming, a six per cent in­crease from fall 2017.

As of Sept. 19, a to­tal of 5,154 stu­dents are en­rolled in cer­tifi­cate, diploma, de­gree, ap­pren­tice­ship and up­grad­ing pro­grams. Large in­creases in the num­ber of stu­dents tak­ing post-sec­ondary level (de­gree, diploma and cer­tifi­cate) pro­gram­ming and the num­ber of international stu­dents at­tend­ing the col­lege have contributed to the jump

“It is en­cour­ag­ing and ex­cit­ing to see our col­lege grow­ing at such a rapid rate,” says Dr. Paula Burns, Leth­bridge Col­lege Pres­i­dent and CEO.

The in­crease is led by a dra­matic rise in the num­ber of international stu­dents at­tend­ing the col­lege. A to­tal of 471 international stu­dents are tak­ing de­gree, diploma or cer­tifi­cate pro­grams this fall, com­pared to 231 last year. The largest in­crease is stu­dents from In­dia, jump­ing from just 14 in 2017 to 176 this year. Kenyan stu­dents also saw a large jump, from 36 to 95.

“Shifts in im­mi­gra­tion pol­icy and anti-im­mi­gra­tion sen­ti­ments in other coun­tries are one of the rea­sons that international stu­dents are flock­ing to Canada, but there are many other fac­tors that bring them to our col­lege as well,” says Cather­ine Wilde, man­ager, International Ser­vices. “Canada has a rep­u­ta­tion of be­ing open and wel­com­ing, and Leth­bridge has a rep­u­ta­tion as a small and safe com­mu­nity, which is ap­peal­ing to stu­dents look­ing to study in a new coun­try.”

Wilde adds that a 2018 international stu­dent sur­vey con­ducted by the Cana­dian Bu­reau for International Ed­u­ca­tion showed that international stu­dents weigh many fac­tors when de­cid­ing to study abroad, in­clud­ing aca­demic rep­u­ta­tion, flex­i­bil­ity and du­ra­tion of pro­grams, per­ma­nent mi­gra­tion, em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties and cul­tural links. Leth­bridge Col­lege, she says, of­fers at­trac­tive pro­grams with ap­plied, hands-on learn­ing and work skills af­ter a one- or two-year in­vest­ment.

The col­lege also has more than 1,100 stu­dents cur­rently reg­is­tered in non-credit con­tin­u­ing and cor­po­rate ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams. The col­lege’s growth has also been spurred by the in­tro­duc­tion of the Agri­cul­tural En­ter­prise Man­age­ment pro­gram, which has 20 stu­dents; the Baker ap­pren­tice­ship pro­gram, which was granted nine seats for its in­au­gu­ral of­fer­ing; and the Com­puter In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy pro­gram that re­ceived pro­vin­cial fund­ing for 19 ad­di­tional seats.

Leth­bridge Col­lege of­fers more than 60 de­gree, diploma, cer­tifi­cate and ap­pren­tice­ship pro­grams, along with a wide-va­ri­ety of cor­po­rate and con­tin­u­ing ed­u­ca­tion cour­ses. Stu­dents are sup­ported by a net­work of re­sources, in­clud­ing Indige­nous Ser­vices, International Ser­vices and Ac­ces­si­bil­ity Ser­vices.

Those in­ter­ested in learn­ing more about what Leth­bridge Col­lege of­fers are en­cour­aged to check out the col­lege’s web­site.

Leth­bridge Col­lege en­rol­ment at-a-glance*: · Stu­dent pop­u­la­tion

o 5,154 cer­tifi­cate, diploma, de­gree, ap­pren­tice­ship and up­grad­ing stu­dents (last fall: 4,859);

§ 4,624 de­gree, diploma and cer­tifi­cate stu­dents (Last fall: 4,340);

§ 321 ap­pren­tice­ship stu­dents (Last fall: 308);

§ 209 sup­ple­men­tal credit (up­grad­ing) stu­dents (Last fall: 211);

o More than 1,100 cor­po­rate and con­tin­u­ing ed­u­ca­tion stu­dents (non-credit);

·International stu­dents

o 471 international de­gree, diploma and cer­tifi­cate stu­dents (Last fall: 231)

§ 176 stu­dents from In­dia (Last fall: 14)

§ 95 stu­dents from Kenya (Last fall: 36)

§ Other coun­tries with sig­nif­i­cant international stu­dents pop­u­la­tions: Nige­ria (35), Ja­pan (25), Philip­pines (15), Brazil (14)

*En­rol­ment num­bers for 2018 are ac­cu­rate as of Sept. 19, 2018. En­rol­ment num­bers for 2017 are ac­cu­rate as of Sept. 18, 2017.

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