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Strong student enrollment at St. Lawrence College for Fall 2013

2013-09-05

Enrollment for the 2013-2014 academic year is strong, translating into over 6700 full-time students and 900 apprenticeships at the College this fall. 

In addition to increases in full-time enrollment, the College has seen strong growth in apprenticeship programs and expects to experience a very strong intake of students in these programs, which are predominately skilled trades. With returning student numbers, we will welcome our biggest class to the College this Fall.

“We have seen a steady increase in applications to the College, in particular to our Health Sciences programs,” said Glenn Vollebregt, President and CEO, St. Lawrence College. “We anticipate a last minute flurry of activity over the next few days as students finalize their post-secondary plans.”

Strong enrollment at the College is just the beginning. Student success and academic excellence are important to ensure we help our students achieve their dreams. The College continues to receive stellar key performance indicators (KPI), with student, graduate, and employer satisfaction rates continuing to exceed provincial rates.  These indicators are one measurement tool that ensures the College continues to meet the needs of our students and communities. Currently St. Lawrence College is rated number one in the province for graduate employment at over 90 per cent.

“We are extremely proud of our ongoing success and truly value this encouraging feedback from our students and graduates,” said Vollebregt. “Our students come to us for an education that will lead to a job, and we are pleased to be able to deliver on that.”

Student satisfaction surveys are used to help us make further improvements to their student experience. In the April 2013 KPI results, St. Lawrence College had a student satisfaction rate of 81.3 per cent.

“During the spring and summer we worked college-wide to refine our services and facilities in order to continue to meet the needs of our students,” said Vollebregt. “This past summer we improved student meeting spaces, IT services, residence refurbishments, and made lab space improvements across our three campuses, all in time for the new school year.”   

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About St. Lawrence College
With three friendly campuses in Brockville, Cornwall, and Kingston, St. Lawrence College is an integral part of the economic vibrancy of Eastern Ontario. St. Lawrence College is a close-knit community of 6,700 full-time students from Canada and from more than 40 countries worldwide, 900 apprenticeship students, and over 70,000 alumni. As part of ongoing sustainability initiatives, the College recently completed the installation of more than 1,600 solar modules on the roofs of our Kingston and Brockville campuses, the largest solar roof-top installation of any post-secondary institution in Canada. In addition to this investment in our campus infrastructure we have recently completed a multi-million dollar revitalization of our Cornwall campus. The college has many exciting Applied Research projects in progress, as well, our Corporate Learning and Performance Improvement group has helped more than 200 organizations grow and prosper. Hundreds enroll in our part-time and distance education courses each year. We work with thousands of clients annually at our Employment Service locations in Kingston, Sharbot Lake, Sydenham, and Ottawa.