NIC Workforce Training Center enrollment up 11 percent

North Idaho College's Workforce Training Center reported an 11 percent increase in enrollment for fiscal year 2004. “The Workforce Training Center is a regional model for how to do training right,” said NIC President Michael Burke. “This enrollment increase speaks to the high quality programs we provide to businesses and individuals throughout the area.” Enrollment at the Workforce Training Center is up from 8,122 in 2003 to 9,305 in 2004. Enrollments within the Workforce Training program are duplicated headcounts, meaning the total number of enrollments in classes are counted rather than the total number of individuals taking those classes. More than 830 classes were offered by the Workforce Training Center in fiscal year 2004, a decrease from the 1,049 offered in 2003. The combination of higher enrollment and fewer classes means greater efficiency for the program, according to NIC Assistant Vice President for Instruction and Workforce Training Center Director Robert Ketchum. “This increase in enrollment reflects a growing community interest in personal and professional development,” Ketchum said. “With more than 9,000 enrollments in 2004, the NIC Workforce Training Center is a leader in the state of Idaho in customized training and open-enrollment workforce development classes.” Classes encompass community education, customized training and workforce development classes as well as classes taught through the Idaho Small Business Development Center and the Qualified Worker Retraining program. “President Bush has described community colleges as the backbone of America's workforce development system,” Ketchum said. “NIC has acted to support that economic development role by committing to the operation of a leading workforce training program in Idaho.”

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Posted: Wednesday, July 21, 2004

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