Closure of Private Career College Welcomed



    Government Must Find Spaces in Public System for Goodwin Inc. Students

    TORONTO, July 24 /CNW/ - Yesterday evening, the Ontario Ministry of
Training, Colleges and Universities announced that it has ordered the Goodwin
College of Technology and Management Inc. to cease operations because the
'Private Career College' was offering unapproved programmes and operating an
unregistered campus
(http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/July2008/23/c7075.html). The
announcement came nearly one month after the owner of the corporation was
charged with bribery for attempting to pay off a public official in exchange
for a favourable report on whether the business was meeting the provincial
government's standards for operating a 'Private Career College'
(http://www.thestar.com/article/449385).
    The Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario is calling on the provincial
government to find spaces in public colleges for former students of the now
closed diploma mill so they can complete their studies at no additional cost.
The province should also implement a moratorium on any new 'Private Career
College' approvals and take steps towards eliminating for-profit private
colleges.

    QUOTES

    "It seems that every year there is another scandal about a private career
college leaving students stranded with nothing to show for the tens of
thousands of dollars they have paid in tuition fees," said Shelley Melanson,
Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario. "It's astonishing
that our government continues to give these diploma mills legitimacy."
    "For-profit businesses offering credentials prey on immigrants,
undocumented students and first generation Canadians," said Melanson.
"Students expect that, by studying in Canada, they will be protected from the
type of dishonesty and fraud that tends to be associated with private,
for-profit companies selling education. We have an excellent public system of
colleges and universities and these fly-by-night outfits undermine the quality
of education in Ontario."

    
    QUICK FACTS

    -   Many 'Private Career Colleges' charge tuition fees that are 4 to 5
        times as high as the average tuition fees paid by students attending
        public colleges.

    -   'Private Career Colleges', though not funded by the government
        directly, siphon money from the public system because students
        attending private colleges are allowed to apply for and receive loans
        through the publicly subsidised Ontario Student Assistance Program
        (OSAP).

    -   In 2007, the OSAP repayment default rate for 'Private Career
        Colleges' was 6.5% higher than the rate for public colleges and 13.2%
        higher than the rate for public universities.
(https://osap.gov.on.ca/eng/PDF/0708/2007%20Default%20Rate%20-%20Sector.pdf)

    -   According to Statistics Canada, private college certificate holders
        earn roughly the same amount as high school graduates.

       The Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario unites over 300,000
         college and university students and more than 35 students'
                       unions throughout the province.
    





For further information:

For further information: Shelley Melanson, Chairperson, CFS-Ontario:
(416) 925-3825 or (416) 882-9927 (cell); Ken Marciniec, Communications
Coordinator, CFS-Ontario: (416) 925-3825 or (416) 803-6066 (cell)


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