Students fill college classes

Classes are full at Okanagan College, including the Kalamalka campus.

Classes are full at Okanagan College, including the Kalamalka campus.

The institution is reporting record fall enrolment throughout the valley, with 6,216 students compared to 5,976 last year.

“This growth is an important signal,” said president Jim Hamilton.

“It means we’re able to accommodate more students who are able to pursue their career and academic goals.”

Specifically at the Kalamalka campus, there are 773 students this fall, up from 761 in 2010.

Throughout OC, first-year university science enrolments have increased 51 per cent over the previous year (338, up from 254).

Student numbers in the environmental studies also more than doubled (50 compared to 20) while students taking first year of business administration programs have increased about 10 per cent (556 compared to 504).

Student enrolment in the two years of the criminal and social justice diploma program has climbed 53 per cent (129 compared to 84).

If the trend holds through the full year, 2011-12 will be the seventh year in a row that OC has grown.

Since 2005, the college has expanded by 46 per cent – exceeding government-set targets each year.

The fall enrolment data only tells part of the picture at Okanagan College.

The college has other programs that start later in the fall and in January. There are still more that started in the summer and continue through the fall.

Over the course of this year, Okanagan College will provide courses and programs to more than 20,000 different people in the region.