By Matthew Liedke, Wahpeton Daily News
A new enrollment report from North Dakota State College of Science is showing a positive trend for the two-year campus.
According to a press release from NDSCS, enrollment has gone up 24 percent during the past five years. College President Dr. John Richman described the number as nice steady growth.
“It all goes back to our mission. We are here to educate and train the workforce,” Richman said. “We have to graduate and place a very skilled workforce. These numbers that we’re talking about are a combination of our increased strategies and the faculty and staff’s efforts.”
The release also noted that in the current spring semester, NDSCS had an enrollment of 2,814, with 1,482 full-time students and 1,332 part-time students. In comparison, the spring class for 2013 was at 2,842, a 1 percent drop.
“It’s typical. I think most campuses report a smaller number from fall into spring and that number, comparing this spring to last, there are so many variables that go into it,” Richman said. “The number is right around 1 percent. That’s not a significant difference, we see it as being stable.
“We like to look at trends instead of snapshots,” he said. “Just looking from one spring to another, it’s not a fair comparison.”
In looking at the most recent five-year trend, Richman said, “When you assess the workforce needs that currently exist in our state and region, it shows we need more students entering, especially in those technical fields.
“The more students we can get into that type of program, the better chance we will have to get graduates and the better chance of filling the needs of employers,” Richman said.
To have that trend continue into the future, Richman explained the college has to provide a safe, clean, healthy, tech savvy, green, world class educational environment.
“And that’s the upkeep, that’s the maintenance efforts, that’s the capital projects we’ve been fortunate to have in the last several bienniums,” Richman said. “We do that so more students will want to come to the campus, more students will know about our campus and it will lead them to one of the more viable careers that exists today.”
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