The States are to be asked for extra cash to provide an extra 100 full-time student places at the start of the new academic year in September.
With more and more young Islanders finding it hard to find a job, the college has recently seen a 15 per cent increase in applications every month.
It is thought that the increase has been sparked by the economic downturn and the number of people currently unemployed and wanting to retrain.
The most popular courses are access to higher education, return-to-study courses and childcare programmes.
Highlands principal Professor Ed Sallis is hoping that he will get a slice of the £44 million of States reserves held in the Stabilisation Fund which the States have agreed to spend on stimulating the economy.