Prairie College welcomes its 100th year

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Prairie College has officially entered it’s 100th year of operation, with classes resuming September 2nd. Orientation for new and returning students took place on Tuesday, August 31st and Wednesday, September 1st.

After a year of distancing and virtual everything, there was a palpable excitement in the air with students returning to in-person classes.

On-campus enrollment is steady at Prairie this year, very similar to the 2020-21 school year, with the final headcount still being tallied. Steady enrollment is something to be particularly grateful for after a year where in-person recruitment was not possible due to COVID restrictions. The College has seen a 50% increase in Online Education enrollments, and inmate enrollment has more than doubled with students at the Bowden, Drumheller, Grande Cache, and Edmonton Maximum institutions.

Several new Faculty members have joined the College team and Three Hills community over the summer, including Dr. Megan Roberts as Old Testament Professor, Dr. Mike Schmidt as Intercultural Studies Professor, Cheryl McLim as Registrar, and Emily Kroeker as Library Director.

President Mark Maxwell says that he and the staff and faculty are glad to be back in classes, in-person…“now if only there were letters on that sign!” The College held a ground-breaking event for their new Centennial marker corner campus sign on July 14th, with a target completion date prior to New Student Orientation. However, shipping delays and personnel changes with the sign company have meant the target completion date has been pushed back to November.

However, Maxwell is grateful to be celebrating 100 years of Prairie and looks forward to the many special celebratory events to be held in the year ahead.