Niagara College continues to see significant enrolment growth, with an almost 14-percent jump in first-year enrolment for the Winter 2011 term.
Final numbers show 854 students began their studies this January, compared with 750 a year ago. Overall, when combined with apprenticeship and English as a Second Language programs, total enrolment now tops 9,000 students.
Most Niagara College programs offer accelerated January-start formats with semesters running into the summer. The winter semester also provides another intake for many competitive programs, offering flexibility to students upgrading their pre-admission requirements. Included in Niagara College’s Winter 2011 enrolment is a growing number of mature students who are seeking new skills in order to reintegrate into the workforce. The College’s international reputation is reflected in a record international enrolment of more than 850 students from 60 different countries.
Students starting in January also benefit from new facilities at both campuses that opened this fall, including five new buildings at the Welland Campus, and two at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus. The Welland Campus features a new academic wing, Athletic Centre, Student Centre, Learning Commons and technology expansion, and at Niagara-on-the-Lake, an expanded Niagara Culinary Institute and a new Teaching Brewery also opened in the fall.
“With impressive new facilities and a growing reputation for student satisfaction and success, Niagara College continues to be a top choice for students who are seeking career success,” said Niagara College President Dan Patterson. “In the broader sense, it shows more and more people are recognizing the value of a College credential in today’s rapidly-changing economy.”
Niagara College offers more than 90 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Niagara Falls and St. Catharines. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and esthetics. For more information, visit http://www.NiagaraCollege.ca.
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