Northwest Community College Student Numbers Rise

September 28, 2016

TERRACE – The number of student registrations for the fall term at Northwest Community College (NWCC) is expected to be the highest it has been since 2011. Comparing this year’s registration numbers with last year, all areas of the College are either equal to last year or showing significant gains.

“Everyone at the College has worked extremely hard during this past year to help make this turnaround possible,” said Ken Burt, NWCC President and CEO. “This is a big step for our College and with continued hard work, I am confident we will continue to grow to meet the needs of more students.”

Overall, NWCC has 12 per cent more students on campus, and many of those students are registering in more courses than they have in the past. The courses that transfer to university programs (such as Business, Nursing, Social Work, University Credit, Applied Coastal Ecology) have grown from 969 registrants in Fall 2015 to 1139 registrants in Fall 2016.

College and Career Preparation registrations have grown from 269 to 317. Students in short-term programs, or continuing education, have grown from 66 to 331 registrants. Trades students start throughout the year and are therefore more difficult to compare, but at this stage are estimated to be 239 compared to 246 students in the fall of last year.

“We expect the upward trend to continue as we develop more agreements with transfer institutions, giving NWCC students more pathways to university credentials, both in Canada and around the world,” said Justin Kohlman, VP of Education, Students and International. “We are also welcoming more international students who are excited to experience our great teaching and unique Northwest BC activities.”

Northwest Community College (NWCC) students are among the most satisfied students in the province, according to a recent provincial survey. Of students that completed certificates, diplomas, associate degrees, and apprenticeship training between 2013 to 2015, 97% of NWCC students were satisfied with the education they received.

Trades and continuing education programs run throughout the year. Classes for most university transfer programs and college and career preparation courses begin the week of September 6.

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