First day of fall class at Lake Superior College

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After a long summer holiday students are back on campus at Lake Superior College. We spoke to faculty and students who said they are excited to be back.

“The energy is back in the building when our students are here” said Anna Sackette-Urness, the Dean of health and nursing division.

With over 90 programs taught across four campuses in Duluth, faculty and staff say they are ready for the semester.

This is what Cary Komoto, Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences had to say. “One thing we’re trying to deal with is generative A.I., like Chart-GPT, we are trying to figure out the best way to use that to help students learn things better. The second thing that I’m working on in my division is I’m really trying to elevate and communicate the value of the liberal arts and sciences to a number of audiences.”

Anna Sackette-Urness also added that “We’re always working with the newest and latest technology and equipment with simulation activities that we do in our health care program. It really helps expose the students to situations that they wouldn’t have the chance to see at a health care facility. Here, they can practice those things in a lab where it’s safe for them to learn.

Enrollment is up over 3 percent from this time last year translating into over 2,500 students for this fall semester, this also includes international students.

Victoria Schaw-Carlson, the international admissions representative had this to say. “We have seen an increase in international students’ enrollments. Right now, we’re up at least 50% more in international students. We are very exciting.”

We spoke to three international students from Brazil Hemrico Zema, Maria Clara Quadros and Edgard Silveira on why they love Duluth. Hemrico says he loves going to Lake Superior water front, Maria loves seeing different boats and ships at the Lift bridge and Edgard who plays football for the college says he has made a lot of friends while playing games.