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Contact: Tim Hunt, Director, Coeur d'Alene Center - 208/666-6707
Coeur d'Alene Numbers Echo Enrollment on Lewiston Campus
The Lewis-Clark State College Coeur d'Alene Center added to the sharp upturn in enrollment experienced by the Lewiston campus, reporting a student headcount up 28% from the previous year. The Coeur d'Alene Outreach Center will serve 274 students for the fall 2001 semester.
The headcount for the Lewiston campus, reported to the State Board of Education last week, showed LCSC student numbers up 9.3% over last year's figures. Both the Lewiston and Coeur d'Alene campuses had experienced downturns in enrollment in recent years.
The Coeur d'Alene center serves students who are continuing the process of completing a degree. Most began their education elsewhere before opting to complete the experience in Coeur d'Alene. LCSC has outreach centers in several locations throughout northern Idaho; Coeur d'Alene is the largest.
The Coeur d'Alene center offers classes in a traditional classroom setting, as well via the Internet and interactive video conferencing. Programs include bachelors' degrees in nursing, business administration, social work, justice studies, interdisciplinary studies, and communication arts. The program in social work is currently at capacity.
When asked for an opinion on the upturn, Coeur d'Alene director Tim Hunt speculated that a focus on customer service was the main component. Because most students there enter at the class level of junior, the average age is older-around 39. He noted that when students arrive at the center, they're often uneasy or intimidated as a result of previous life experiences and expectations. The Coeur d'Alene Center staff works hard to "make them feel comfortable right away," he said. "And then we pay attention to keeping them here. Retention is a big ingredient in our efforts here."
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