At a presentation to the Board of Governor’s last night, Sault College unveiled enrolment numbers that indicate strong overall growth.
“We are very pleased with our progress, which reflects continued growth in enrolment,” states Leo Tiberi, Vice President Academic, Sault College. “This speaks to our College’s ability to meet the demands of industry and deliver the programming students want and need.”
First-year enrolment at the College has increased by an impressive 6%. Early Childhood Education (ECE), Computer Programming, Motive Power, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Natural Environment Technician – Conservation and Management, Welding and Metal Fabrication, Liberal Studies, Social Service Worker – Native Specialization, and Culinary Management, were among those who saw the largest increase in demand.
Waitlisted programs have more than doubled since 2010, with 20 of them this year demonstrating growing popularity across all program areas and schools. Aviation Technology - Flight, Civil Engineering Technician, Collaborative Nursing, Construction Carpentry Techniques, Early Childhood Education, Esthetician, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Home Inspection Technician, Metal Fabrication Technician, Motive Power Fundamentals – Automotive Repair, as well as Heavy Equipment/Truck Repair, Motive Power Technician – Advanced Repair, OTA/PTA, Personal Support Worker, Practical Nursing, Pre-Trades and Technology, Pre-Health Sciences, Renewable Energy, Video Game Art, and Welding Techniques were all waitlisted programs.
Of the 2,487 registered students at the College, 793 students, or 32% of the student population relocated to Sault Ste. Marie from other parts of the province to attend College in the community.
Overall enrolment at the College is up 2% in all years across the College. Since 2008 – five years ago, the College has grown by 32%, with a total of 2,487 current full-time post-secondary students compared to 1,887 in 2008.
Continuing Education saw a substantial increase of 5% in enrolment.
Total enrolment at the College has now reached over 4,200 including apprenticeships and adult training offerings.
“As a College that scores at the top of the province in Key Performance Indicators, we know we are best-in-the business,” notes Dr. Ron Common, President Sault College, in reviewing the numbers. “We’re extremely grateful to our students, staff and community members for making Sault College the choice for post-secondary education in the province of Ontario.”