Sept. 26, 2003: Campus enrolment keeps growing

      “Our enrolment is up about 15 per cent over last year and we are over 100 per cent seat capacity,” says campus manager, Casey Dorin. “All our Adult Basic Education courses were filled within two days of the start of fall registration.”

      The campus initially opened in 1973 to serve the Howe Sound communities of Squamish, Whistler, Mount Currie and Pemberton. In the spring of 1995 it opened a new 760 square metre facility, allowing it to expand its programming to include wilderness leadership training, festival and events coordination, and professional cooks training.

      “The Wilderness Leadership program has become so popular that it now has a waiting list of potential students from across the country,” Dorin says, adding, “and we had a really successful launching of the new Festival and Events program.”

      One of the more unique programs offered by the Squamish campus is the Howe Sound Cooks Training program, which will begin in February 2004.

      “It is an interesting partnership between the school district and the College,” Dorin explains. “The class will be comprised in part of high school students, who will earn College credit, and in part by members of the community.

      “It is another example of how communities share resources to make things happen and in the process provide a great program,” he adds.

      The Squamish campus of Capilano College plays an active role in contributing to the economic diversity of the region through its programs, community event involvement, such as the Hot Jazz and Tapas evenings, and its speaker series. Some of the programs, courses and services it currently offers include: preparatory programs, university transfer courses, a new festival and events coordination program, wilderness leadership training, continuing education courses, the cooks training program, the distance learning centre, and much more.

      For more information on College programs, call 892.5322.

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