Cambrian College continues to attract record numbers of students to Northern Ontario from across the province and around the world.
The Sudbury-based post-secondary institution reported it had approximately 4,831 full- and part-time students are registered for classes this fall semester, an increase of just under six per cent compared to September of last year.
This September’s enrolment includes 1,051 international students from 29 countries, and 775 Indigenous students.
“It’s no surprise that we are growing this way,” says Bill Best, president of the college. “I credit our outstanding faculty, the diversity of the programs we offer, and the experience our students get living in Sudbury, where we enjoy big-city amenities with the affordability and friendliness of a smaller community.”
Jesse Hayward, from Acton, Ont., is one of the students starting her education at Cambrian. Hayward is enrolled the Paramedic program. She is also a member of the Golden Shield women’s soccer team.
“I’ve known since Grade 10 that I’ve wanted to attend Cambrian in Sudbury. A team of recruiters came to my high school and I knew the Paramedic program was for me. I had a chance to visit the campus, and I love the size and layout, and the friendliness of the people at Cambrian.”
Another of Cambrian’s new students is France Paquette. France is a first-year student from Sturgeon Falls in the Animation program.
“I chose Animation because I love to draw and bring cartoons to life, and a relative of mine is a professional animator. I chose Cambrian because I’ve heard a lot of great things about the college and the program, and I didn’t want to go to Toronto.”
Monica Prieto Rivera is also joining Cambrian College for the first time. Monica is an international student from Honduras, and is enrolled in the Human Resources Management program. Monica is also one of the first international students to be a member of Cambrian’s women’s volleyball team.
“I wanted to continue my studies after earning a Bachelor degree in Honduras. I received a lot of feedback from people who attended Cambrian and I realized it would be my best option. I love being in a smaller community. I’m really excited to start my new adventure in this country full of opportunities, play volleyball for Cambrian, and to see snow for the first time!”
Expanding its influence globally and promoting areas of distinction - such as unique programs and student services and applied research projects - are key priorities in Cambrian’s strategic plan.