In the 2015-16 school year, Lakeland College expects to serve over 7,000 full-time and part-time students between its Lloydminster and Vermilion campuses, in addition to 29 students in Edmonton.
The college anticipates over 600 first-year and returning students at its Lloydminster, and over 1,000 first-year and returning students at its Vermilion campus. The school will also take in more students during the academic year in program areas such as apprenticeship technical training, emergency services, university transfer, business and human services.
Here is how enrolment breaks down and the factors that affect it:
In addition to welcoming students from across Canada, Lakeland College has enrolled 33 international students from 13 countries for the academic year. Exchange students are coming from Australia, Barbados, Belize, Cameroon, China, India, Ireland, Jamaica, Nigeria, Philippines, Serbia, Montenegro and the United States. Twenty-six of the 33 will attend the Lloydminster campus, with the other seven heading to Vermilion.
“It speaks to the nature of our programming, in that if you take business administration, it’s offered everywhere and is pretty similar between province to province and post-secondary institutions,” said Jo-Ann Mones, associate registrar for Lakeland College. “However, if you look at our environmental programming or our heavy oil programming or our fire programming, there’s uniqueness to it. We’re attracting students internationally as well as across Canada into our programs.”
Agricultural programs continue to draw interest from prospective students, so much so that each of the agricultural programs at the Vermilion campus were wait-listed this year and an additional 40 spots were created for programs.
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The student-managed farm concept has been instrumental attracting applicants, as has the ability to obtain a double diploma, of which 21 students are currently pursuing.
“It’s a trend that is becoming more popular, each year it has been increasing,” said Mones. “We have a lot of students that are doing a double diploma now in ag programs, so they will complete a two-year diploma in Animal Science Technology or Crop Technology and then they will return again for one additional year to complete our agribusiness diploma.”
The new Energy Centre at Lakeland College has helped peak interest in the school’s Heavy Oil Operations Technician (HOOT) and Heavy Oil Power Engineering (HOPE) programs. Enrolment in HOPE has doubled from 40 to 80 since 2013, the inaugural year of the program, and this year it will serve as an alternative to HOOT, which was suspended for 2015 but is expected to return in 2016. Once it’s reinstalled, 36 new students will be accepted into HOOT.
“Our full-time students in both of our HOOT and our HOPE programs use those labs. But the labs are also used for steam time for people who have done their third-class or their fourth-class engineering,” said Mones. “They’re coming in on a part-time basis and they’re actually buying steam time at the lab. The lab time is going to be in demand for the Energy Centre.”
Some people may struggle to afford post-secondary schooling during an economic decline, but many choose to invest in education while the job market sits at a stalemate. Once the economy picks back up, those people could find themselves in a more favourable situation.
“Typically when it’s a tough economy, people are perhaps losing their jobs or looking at doing something else, and then they turn to further their education. That generally is a trend, if times are tough and people are out of work, they look at education.”
- Business programs (194 compared to 181)
- HOPE (80 compared to 72)
- Health Care Aide (27 compared to 19)
- Agricultural Sciences (396 compared to 352)
- Child and Youth Care (39 compared to 29)
- Street Rod Technologies (15 compared to 11)