For the second year in a row, Lethbridge College is seeing a big jump in student enrolment.

Nearly 5600 students are now enrolled at the College this fall, which is a whopping 7% increase over last year.

College President, Dr. Paula Burns says two years ago they announced a goal to increase the student population.

“Nearly two years ago, we announced an institutional goal to increase our student enrolment, and this is a sign that our initiatives are working,” says Dr. Paula Burns, Lethbridge College President and CEO. “It means that more students are seeing that Lethbridge College is a great place to get an education that will lead to a fulfilling and exciting career.”

There’s been a large increase in international students this year, with the largest group coming from India. That’s followed by Kenya, Nigeria, and Japan. There are actually students from 40 different countries studying at the College this year.

There also continues to be an increase in the number of students enrolled in post-secondary level (diploma, degree and certificate) programs, with an increase of 9.5% compared to last academic year.

Jumps in the number of students taking General Studies, Business Administration and Computer Information Technology programs has helped the increase.

The successful launch of new programs in Virtual and Augmented Reality (31 students) and Architectural Animation Technology (26 students) also contributed to the increase, with new seats for students in emerging programs.