In 2003, North Lake served a student population of approximately 9,000 credit students and 5,000 continuing education students in the fall semester. The student population represented the diversity found in the community. Minority enrollment was 51% of the student population, with 18% representing Hispanic students. Most students resided in Texas, but the college had students from 22 states and 42 countries represented in the student population.
The programs that were in demand at that time were quite different from the diesel mechanics and secretarial courses popular in 1977. Top courses included technology for credit courses and English as a Second Language for non-credit. North Lake was also an official Microsoft Authorized Academic Training Program, one of the many in-demand technology programs offered at the college.
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