Cambrian College in Sudbury is seeing an increase in enrolment — a good sign for those who want to see more highly skilled workers in the north.

"It's important for our economy," said France Quirion, Cambrian’s associate vice-president of Student Services.

"We're certainly trying to ensure that students who are looking for opportunities have access to those programs here, so we can respond to their needs without having to have them relocate anywhere else."

Cambrian College is reporting a four per cent increase in first-year applicants.

The college has already seen 2,000 first-year students on campus and expects more than 4,100 full-time students to be enrolled by the end of the month.

"The numbers are looking fantastic," Quirion said.

More students also means more lineups.

Alyssa Brayley, a first-year student studying developmental services at Cambrian College, says she is taking it in stride.

"Yeah, it's been a bit crowded," she said. "But that's how it usually is at any school. In a couple of weeks, it will calm down."