Douglas College enrolment continues to rise
Douglas College is expecting enrolment to go up by about six per cent from 2011, and about 17 per cent from 2009, to an all-time high of more than 11,000 students.
The fall semester includes about 1,100 international students, a rise of 10 per cent from last year, and more than double in the last five years.
Record enrolments have the New Westminster campus bursting at the seams. That's why Douglas began relocating its faculty of child, family and community studies to Coquitlam last year. That process will be complete by next fall.
Beginning this fall, Douglas is offering post-degree programs in sales and accounting. Last May it also offered a bachelor of performing arts degree, in a partnership with Capilano University, Langara College and Vancouver Community College.
"Our new offerings underscore the changing educational needs of today's students," said Douglas College president Scott McAlpine in a press release. "Getting an education is no longer something you do once in your life. As more and more people return to school to upgrade their skills and knowledge, education is becoming a lifelong process."
The college is expected to launch the Peter Legge International Institute for Sales Excellence later this month.