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Nicolet College - Enrollment up nearly 20% at Nicolet in two years

Enrollment up nearly 20%
at Nicolet College in two years


Posted Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010

Students WalkingEnrollment at Nicolet College jumped again when classes stated this fall, making for nearly a 20 percent enrollment increase over the past two years, according to college officials.

There are a number of reasons for the increase, “but the main driver is the economy,” said Nicolet College President Elizabeth Burmaster. “Over the past few years many people have been laid off from their jobs and have turned to Nicolet to retrain for new careers.”

Enrollment this fall was up 7 percent. This is on top of the 12 percent increase the college experienced last year.

Burmaster also attributed increased enrollment to changes the college made in its academic offerings. This included adding new programs such as Digital Media Arts and Building Trades – Carpentry, expanding existing programs, and also creating more short-term training opportunities designed to get the unemployed back into the workforce quickly.

An area that experienced a big gain this year was Nicolet’s University Transfer-Liberal Arts program, which saw more than a 20 percent increase in enrollment. In this program students complete the first two years of a bachelor’s degree before transferring on to a four-year college or university.

Health occupation programs also remain strong, with Nursing up another 7 percent and the Medical Assistant program up another 5 percent over last year.

Short-term training programs also saw a significant increase, up a solid 15 percent over last year. “Changes in these programs are in direct response to employer needs and student interest,” she added. “We’ve had numerous conversations with employers to find out what skills they need their workers to have. We also listened to students and responded to their interests.”

Statewide, the college’s 7 percent increase this year was the fifth largest of the 16 colleges in the Wisconsin Technical College System.

For more information about the academic program the college offers, visit or call the college’s Welcome Center at (715) 365-4493, 1-800-544-3039, ext. 4493; TDD (715) 365-4558 or 711 relay.