Lakeland College president and CEO Alice Wainwright-Stewart
Lakeland College will mark its new academic year with a raising of the Métis and Treaty 6 Aboriginal flags at the Lloydminster and Vermilion campuses.
The special event will take place on Sept. 14 as a part of a nation-wide truth and reconciliation process for Aboriginals who are healing from historical residential school abuses.
“For us at Lakeland College, we have over 300 students with an Aboriginal background and we want to make sure they feel comfortable, and this is their campus as well,” said Lakeland president, Alice Wainwight-Stewart.
The flag raising will be one of the highlights of the new academic year with the majority of fall term programs starting on Sept. 5, followed by trades and online programs.
Heavy oil operations technician and power engineering students were back in class on Aug. 14 in Lloydminster.
“All of our programs are pretty full,” said Wainwright-Stewart.
“We’ve offered a new power engineering program and we’ve got about 19 more students in that program, although the heavy oil program is a bit down.
“In the bigger picture, we’ll have nearly 1,700 students registered for classes, approximately 700 in the Lloydminster campus and 900 in the Vermilion campus.”
The enrolment is about 100 more than last year thanks to new programs like hairdressing and a second class power engineering program.
Lakeland will also welcome 53 extra international students.
In addition there are 32 students in a new practical nurse course run in partnership with Northern Lights College.
“We opened it up and it was full in three days,” said Wainwright-Stewart.
She attributes the enrolment dip in heavy oil programming to the lull in the oil sector, but added Lakeland is ready when prices improve.
“The second class power engineering program is a good opportunity for people to hone in on those opportunities for what they need, for when the economy comes back,” she said.
The agriculture program at the Vermilion campus is up 44 per cent since 2011 with 432 students registered this fall.
“I do want to tell you our Emergency Training Centre has four battalions all full, plus they added a fifth one with an online blended and that’s full as well,” said Wainwright-Stewart.
“Lakeland’s doing pretty good; we believe the 2017-18 year will see about 8,300 students come through Lakeland college.”
That number includes off-site and online programs and courses, and registered students at both campuses.
Wainwright-Steward attributes the strong numbers to the student managed learning concept that she says resonates with students.
“They see themselves as job ready,” she said.
She added with new programs like hairdressing offered in Lloydminster, there will be more student leadership opportunities than ever.
“It’s their opportunity to be student led,” said Wainwright-Stewart.
This year, business students in Lloydminster will take on the task of running Rustlers’ teams along with the concessions when they play at home as a student-managed activity.
“If you look at all of our programs, in the next three to five years, every program will have a component where they have that hands-on,” said Wainwright-Stewart.
Grade 12 at Lloyd campus
Starting this fall, adults can take Grade 12 courses at Lakeland College’s Lloydminster campus.
Through Adult 12, an adult may attain a Grade 12 standing in the province of Saskatchewan by earning seven credits, with a minimum of five credits at the 30 level.
Math and English classes will be offered from September to January for students 19 years of age and up who have been out of school for at least one year.
Learn more about Adult 12 courses during a program information session on Aug. 24 at 6:30 p.m. in Room 1017 at the Lloydminster campus.