The Niagara News is the community newspaper of Niagara College located in Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada. It is created and produced by the students of the Niagara College Journalism program.
Despite a declining number of domestic students provincewide, Niagara College is holding its own.
According to college officials, overall enrolment dropped for the fall 2016 academic term.
Statistics show full time post-secondary domestic enrolment went down by 2.96 per cent while international enrolment went up by 5.64 per cent as compared to last year.
“Declines in the domestic student population reflects demographic trends in the region and the province, and many other Ontario colleges are experiencing similar results,” says Susan McConnell, spokeswoman for Niagara College.
The total number of students enrolled full-time was 8,965. Of that figure 7,081 are domestic students, while 1,884 are international students. By comparison, in 2015 there was a total of 9,078 students, including 7,291 domestic and 1,787 international admissions.
According to Research Infosource Inc., Niagara College ranked seven on the list of Top 50 Research Colleges in Canada. “The quality of education at the college is good and you can get the equipment required for your studies easily,” says Volodymyr Avtanasov, a first-year student in the Hospitality-Hotel and Restaurant Operation program at the Welland campus.
Niagara College is one of the most well respected colleges and attracts a growing number of international students.
“In other colleges they provide courses like leadership and management, but in Niagara College they provide specialty courses like Critical Care Nursing, Gerontology and Community Mental Health. I guess that was the only reason I came to Niagara College,” says Sadhu Singh, a graduate from the Gerontology program at the Welland campus.
With the increasing competition at post-secondary institutions, Niagara College continues to be more creative in its recruitment and marketing strategies.
Spring and Fall Open House events attracted 7,000 visitors last year. It takes place every year on both the campuses of Niagara College, helping parents and students to find out more about the programs, people and places around school. Students and parents often look for courses that have high job placement levels after graduation. The Key Performance Indicator (KPI) report of 2015-2016 shows that Niagara College’s graduation rate was 66.3 per cent, which has increased by 0.5 per cent from 2014-2015 KPI statistics. The graduation satisfaction rate was 80.4 per cent and 87.8 per cent of students are employed six months after graduation.
Niagara College is flexible in terms of education for those with cognitive and developmental disabilities who wish to study further. The college also received approval from the Ministry of Training, College and Universities to offer a program entitled Community Integration through Co-operative Education (CICE).
Niagara College also introduced the Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resources for the 2016 academic year.