The number of students at the Vernon campus of Okanagan College is down but course registrations is up.

The number of students at the Vernon campus of Okanagan College is down but course registrations is up.

Student headcount decreases at local college campus

The number of course registrations has increased slightly, though

There are fewer students at Okanagan College’s Vernon campus but they have taken on a full workload.

“The interesting thing is that while Vernon’s overall student numbers fell to 725 students from 756, the number of course registrations grew slightly (from 3,252 last year to 3,260 this year),” said Jane Lister, regional dean.

For the entire Okanagan College system, overall enrolment has increased by about 1.6 per cent.

“We didn’t expect a big jump this year,” said Jim Hamilton, president.

“High school graduation numbers dropped by two per cent within our region over the past year and the employment situation has improved in the Okanagan, and there were no other developments that would drive a significant change in the enrolment pattern.”

This fall’s stable enrolment data show 6,117 students registered at the college’s four campuses and in distance education courses Sept. 14.

“These numbers don’t capture the students who are enrolled in a very important part of our business – continuing studies certificates – and don’t cover off the enrolments in programs that start later in the fall, next January, February or in the summer,” said registrar Jane Muskens.

“We know, for example, that there are another 923 students who are enrolled this fall in continuing studies certificates. They will be a part of our comparative report next year.”