New Fund Available To Private Career College Students



    McGuinty Government Protecting Students

    TORONTO, Jan. 2 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Ontario is providing students affected by the sudden closure of a
registered private career college with additional support to help them get the
training they need.
    As of January 1, 2009, students affected by a sudden closure can make a
claim to the new Training Completion Assurance Fund. Students can receive
financial support to complete their training at another institution, or a
partial or full refund of the fees they paid.
    The fund is administered by the government and supported by mandatory
premiums paid by private career colleges. It is part of the Private Career
Colleges Act, 2005
(www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/html/statutes/english/elaws_statutes_05p28_e.htm),
legislation passed by the government to protect students and strengthen the
quality of education at private career colleges.

    QUOTES

    "Students who choose to attend a private career college are making an
important investment in their future," said Minister of Training, Colleges and
Universities John Milloy
(http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/biography/tcu_minister.html). "Together
with private career colleges, we're working to ensure students receive the
high quality education and training they deserve."

    
    QUICK FACTS

    -   There are more than 500 registered private career colleges in more
        than 70 communities across Ontario.

    -   Students at private career colleges can train for jobs in a range of
        fields, from marketing and graphic design to welding and dental
        hygiene.

    LEARN MORE

    Find out (http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/PCC_Checklist.pdf) if
    attending a private career college is the right path for you.

    Search (http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/searchpcc.html) for
    registered private career colleges and approved programs in Ontario.

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    BACKGROUNDER
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                 STRENGTHENING EDUCATION, PROTECTING STUDENTS
    

    Ontario's new Training Completion Assurance Fund helps to protect the
investments of students attending registered private career colleges in the
province.
    As of January 1, 2009, students can make claims to the fund in the event
of a sudden closure of a registered private career college. Students can
receive support to complete their training at another institution, or a
partial or full refund of the fees they paid.
    The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities worked with the
private career college sector to establish the fund. It is administered by the
government and supported by mandatory premiums paid by registered private
career colleges.
    Students can contact the Private Career College Compliance Unit at
416-314-0500 or 1-866-330-3395 to find out more about the fund and to make a
claim.

    SUPPORTING STUDENTS

    The Training Completion Assurance Fund is part of legislation that came
into effect in 2006 to ensure students at private career colleges get the
education and training they are promised. Under the new Private Career
Colleges Act, 2005
(www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/html/statutes/english/elaws_statutes_05p28_e.htm):

    
    -   Academic records are protected. Private career colleges must give
        students access to their transcripts for 25 years.
    -   Students are protected from misleading advertising. Private career
        colleges must comply with new marketing and advertising rules.
    -   Students who have a complaint about a college will have their voices
        heard. All colleges must have a student complaint procedure in place.
        Students can also submit a complaint form
        (http://webx.newswire.ca/click/?id=f3d66d7f8238c0b) to the
        government.
    -   International students receive better financial protection. Private
        career colleges can collect no more than 25 per cent of the cost of a
        program from international students before the program starts.

    Ontario will continue to work with private career colleges to ensure the
education and training students receive meets high-quality standards.

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For further information:

For further information: Annette Phillips, Minister's Office, (416)
326-5748; Greg Flood, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2746

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