St. Clair College has surpassed the 12,000 full time student mark for the first time ever. Sept. 26, 2018. (Photo courtesy of St. Clair College)

Students flocking to St. Clair College

St. Clair College has reached a major milestone.

It has surpassed the 12,000 full-time student mark for the first time in its 51-year history.

The college has 12,815 students on its three campuses in Windsor, Chatham and Toronto. That is a 21.6 per cent increase over 2017.

College officials said the downtown Windsor campus has grown to its highest level, with 1,551 students.  Close to 500 students are enrolled in the newly opened Zekelman School of Business and Information Technology at the One Riverside Drive.

President Patti France said the unprecedented enrolment increase demonstrates that St. Clair College is achieving its goal of being a top-of-mind “destination college” for students throughout Canada and the world.

“With our mix of cutting-edge academic programs, and exceptional services and facilities, we are particularly proud to be a part of the rebirth of downtown Windsor by accommodating a large portion of this year’s increase in the new Zekelman School of Business and Information Technology building at One Riverside Drive,” she said.

The college is also touting new developments at the South Windsor Campus in the new year, in both new programs and facilities, including the launch of the new Data Analytics for Business program, a two-year Business diploma, and Human Resources Management program. The college also plans to launch its first Honours Degree in Applied Arts, Social Justice and Legal Studies in September 2019.

The Chatham campus has close to 1,200 students which represent a 2.8 per cent increase over 2017.