The H Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) is expected to record its highest-ever number of new students enrolling at the educational institution since the 2017 hurricanes.
While noting that 215 new students have already registered, Director of Marketing at the facility, Harmony Turnbull, said the college expects this year’s new students to comprise roughly half of the entire student population.
“We anticipate a total 250 by the end of the week and a total of about 600 students for Fall semester,” she told BVI News in relation to the ongoing registration process.
“On census day which is scheduled for September 13, a more accurate figure will be provided as we have to wait until everyone is accounted for — including our New Virgin Gorda Centre students after August 2019,” she added.
Students more comfortable now
Turnbull said she there are several reasons behind the increase.
She said a lot of school equipment was destroyed during the hurricanes and that made it “very difficult” for students to be comfortable in the classes.
“We still have a lot of things to repair. But, for the most part, students are more comfortable. We were able to remedy those problems,” Turnbull added.
She said the college’s computer lab, furniture and air conditioning system on the main campus have all been repaired.
“Another reason we think is we can now engage in the online — going digital learning. Everything is online so students have a computer, a laptop or a phone they can download the textbooks for a minimum price and learn from the devices. So it is an attractive component for modern students.”
The third reason is a more aggressive approach to marketing the college, she said.
“We reached more students,” Turnbull reasoned.
Of the 664 students that had enrolled at the college immediately before the hurricanes, 226 were new students. But following the onslaught of the disasters, only 380 students returned.
For the Fall semester last year, there were roughly 239 new students.
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