St. Lawrence College Sees Enrollment Increase This Fall

By Tony Muma
September 5, 2012

Aaron Simpson, first year police foundations student, and Alex Patenaude, first year practical nursing student at St. Lawrence CollegeCornwall ON - Yellow school buses carrying students to class started rolling last week, when French students returned to class.

Their English counterparts in elementary and high school joined them in class on Tuesday.

But they weren’t the only ones returning to school on Tuesday.

Hundreds of first-year St. Lawrence College students got their first look at the Cornwall campus and each other during the college’s orientation day on Tuesday.

Don Fairweather, Cornwall campus Dean, said the first day back was a busy one.

Fairweather said the college welcomed just under 700 new students to campus yesterday, which is on par or slightly above the past few years.

On Wednesday, Fairweather said returning students will round out the student body for a total population of about 1,150 to 1,200 full-time students.

“Our enrollment for all of our programs has remained stable and we’re in for a great year,” he said.

As a whole, St. Lawrence College (Brockville and Kingston campuses included), are up 3.8% in enrollment this academic year, according to Fairweather.

“We started the day with an assembly and packed in 650 students to Aultsville Theatre,” he explained of the orientation.

“After the welcome and some information being handed out, students broke into groups by program led by their new professors.”

At lunchtime, students were treated to a barbecue before going head-to-head in various competitions organized by the student union for all the programs.

“There were prizes for whichever program’s students won the competition so our business students won $1,000 to do something nice with and the practical nurse group came second and won $500,” Fairweather added.

“We wanted to make sure we had some fun before classes start on Wednesday.”

Fairweather said the 2012-13 year will feature the debut of a new program developed in partnership with the supply chain management sector.

The course is 18 weeks and intended to prepare students for entry level positions in the sector.

“There’s a strong demand for that in Cornwall and eastern Ontario,” he explained.

The program launches in January.

The college will also offer a winter intake for the first time to practical nursing and early childhood education students.

“Those programs are high demand,” he explained.

“They’re always full during the fall intake and so we’ve decided to make a second offering in the same school year.”

The above article was written by Tony Muma. You can read more articles written by Tony on the Cornwall Standard-Freeholder website at

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Located along the shores of the St. Lawrence River, SLC has three campuses in Brockville, Cornwall and Kingston. St. Lawrence College boasts 6,500 full-time students from Canada, and more than 40 countries worldwide. The SLC college community includes 20,000 part-time students, 1,000 staff, and more than 70,000 alumni. It also serves more than 3,000 Employment Services clients annually. The college has recently invested in the development of Applied Research and the revitalization of its campuses.

87.9 % of the College's recent graduates found work within six months of graduation, according to the latest Key Performance Indicator (KPI) data. St. Lawrence College received straight A’s in all other KPIs:

Employer Satisfaction: 92.3%
Graduate Satisfaction: 81.3%
Student Satisfaction: 81.1%

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