For the 2018 Spring semester at Iḷisaġvik College, the college saw its highest student enrollment to date — 781 students.
According to school officials, the new mayor’s tuition waiver for all North Slope Borough residents that went into effect during the spring semester was a big factor in the increased enrollment. Of those enrolled, 64.5 percent were of Alaska Native/American Indian heritage. With almost 800 students being served by the college, 454 registered as credit students. Of these, 52 were registered as full-time students taking a course load of at least 12 credits. 327 students received continuing education workforce development training credits.
The most popular academic programs offered at Iḷisaġvik remain business management/accounting (25 students), allied health (19 students) and dental health therapy (23 students).
The most popular vocational education and workforce development credit programs offered this spring are industrial safety (59 students); heavy equipment/heavy truck endorsements (commercial driver’s license — 46 students); and driver’s education (39 students). This spring, 32 students received their Class B commercial drivers license in Utqiaġvik. Of those students, 13 were from North Slope villages.
This semester saw 57 flights into Utqiaġvik from villages outside of Utqiaġvik where students flew in to take courses offered on campus. More than 30 village students opted to take courses via distance delivery. Industrial safety held in-village credit courses in every village between January and June and workforce development business continuing education courses in Wainwright, Atqasuk, and Kaktovik.
For more information about classes, contact registration at 907-852-1757.