Enrollment grows at Ilisagvik College

Aug 15th, 2012 | By | Category: 24-1: Communicating Yesterday's Stories Today, Tribal College News
By Kayla Jeffress

TOP OF THE LIST. Ilisagvik College President Pearl Brower, students Rochelle Tooyak and Joe Okakok, and recruiter Janelle Everett display a plaque commemorating the college’s placement on Community College Week’s “Top 50 fastest-growing public two-year colleges” list in 2011.

In the November 2011 edition of Community College Week, Ilisagvik College (Barrow, AK) was named one of the “top 50 fastest-growing public two-year colleges with enrollments under 2,500” compared to similar colleges nationwide. Ranked by percent change in head-count from fall 2009 to fall 2010, Ilisagvik came in at number 24 nationwide with a 27% increase.

“We are thrilled to see our numbers increasing,” says Ilisagvik College’s President Pearl Brower. “To be recognized nationally for our enrollment growth is awesome and a true testament to the students and employees of Ilisagvik! We are here so that our residents have the opportunity of education. Our goal is to achieve the dream of our ancestors—to have local, Native control of our region. The more students we are able to reach, the more this dream becomes a reality!”

Enrollment has been steadily rising since 2004, with each fall semester’s final unduplicated head-count higher than the last. Fall enrollment is up 9.5% since fall 2009, with a total of 601 students in the fall of 2011.

From its establishment in 1996 to spring 2011, Ilisagvik College graduated 118 students with associate degrees and awarded a total of 249 certificates, 129 endorsements, and 347 GEDs. “I’m so proud of what our students have accomplished over the years,” said Ilisagvik College Recruiter Janelle Everett. “As the need for education and job training on the North Slope continues, don’t be afraid to study with us. Remember, more education, more options, more out of life.”

For more information, contact Janelle Everett at (907) 852-1799 or toll free (800) 478-7337, extension 1799 or janelle.everett@ilisagvik.edu.

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