Provincewide enrolment up by 8.2 per cent
An official with CNA has confirmed the campus in Carbonear has seen an enrolment decrease of three per cent over last year.
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The College of the North Atlantic campus in Carbonear has had a decreased in enrolment of three per cent from 2012 to 2013.
While the Town of Carbonear has experienced economic growth, increased infrastructure and an influx of new residents, the same cannot be said for the local campus of the College of the North Atlantic (CNA).
An official with CNA has confirmed the campus in Carbonear has seen an enrolment decrease of three per cent over last year, dropping from 186 in 2012 to 180 in 2013.
These numbers do not include adult basic education, which is no longer offered at the campus.
The information was supplied to The Compass after a news release stating that provincewide enrolment at the 17 campuses has increased by 8.2 percent increase.
There was no mention of the Carbonear campus in the release. Nor was there a breakdown offered on enrolment trends at specific campuses.
It was noted that overall enrolment has increased by 434 students, and that waitlists had decreased by 20.1 per cent.
More programs suggested
So why is enrolment on a downward trend in Carbonear? Some observers blame it on the number and type of programs offered at the campus.
The college eliminated the bricklayer program earlier this year, along with some 30 other programs from the remaining 16 campuses.
Tonya Squibb, a Harbour Grace native and 26-year-old mother of three, told The Compass in September she would like to see a photography course added to the Carbonear location, while Kourtney Lake, a 19-year-old single mother from Bay Roberts, has suggested a software development course would be welcome to the area.
Other courses that have been mentioned in the region are medical programs such as radiography, laboratory sciences and licensed practical nursing, as well as welding and plumbing.
In April, college officials said there were plans to increase course offerings because of the demand for trades workers at megaprojects such as Bull Arm, Muskrat Falls and Long Harbour.
Tthe Carbonear campus offers an electrician’s program, and officials say plans are being made to expand the program in order to accommodate more students.
Meanwhile, college officials stated that the enrolment surge is being driven by increases at the following campuses: Bay St. George, Bonavista, Corner Brook, Grand Falls-Winsor, Labrador West, Port aux Basques, Prince Phillip Drive in St. John’s, Ridge Road in St. John’s, Seal Cove in Conception Bay South and the online learning program.
These larger campuses offer a broad range of training opportunities, in some cases up to 34 different programs.
Those experiencing a decline in student enrolment have fewer programs. They include Carbonear, Baie Verte, Burin, Clarenville, Gander, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Placentia and St. Anthony. These campuses have between four and 11 course offerings each.