Students deserve quality: Students say that government must act on Ombudsman's report



    TORONTO, Aug. 25 /CNW/ - Students are encouraged by Ontario Ombudsman
André Marin's call for Cambrian College to take responsibility for misleading
students who enrolled in their Health Information Management Program, despite
the program's lack of professional regulation. Students call on the Ministry
of Training, Colleges and Universities to provide better regulation and
oversight of programme quality at Ontario colleges and to ensure Health
Information Management students at Cambrian College are compensated for lost
tuition fees.
    "It is shocking that students who enrolled in the Health Information
Management Program with the promise of landing a high-paying job in a field
they love, would discover upon graduation that their diploma was worthless,"
said Shelley Melanson, Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of
Students-Ontario "Students are disappointed to hear yet another report of the
Ombudsman that points to poor government regulations for colleges and an
indifference to the consequences that students have faced as a result."
    Last month, the Ombudsman, released a report that called on the
Government of Ontario to strengthen its oversight of private career colleges.
Today, he released Too Cool For School Too, a new report which indicates that
students in the Health Information Management Program were mislead by Cambrian
College and, after two years of study and thousands of dollars in tuition
fees, found out that they were not qualified to work in the field of study.
    "College students are already shouldering a heavy financial burden for
their education. If they don't graduate with the appropriate credentials, then
they are really left high and dry," said Melanson. "Training, Colleges and
Universities Minister John Milloy needs to step up and start addressing the
issues raised by the Ombudsman so that no more students find themselves paying
thousands of dollars for an education that gets them nowhere."

    The Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario unites more than 300,000
college and university students studying at public post-secondary institutions
across the province.





For further information:

For further information: Shelley Melanson, CFS-Ontario Chairperson,
(416) 925-3825 or (416) 882-9927 (cell); Nora Loreto, Communications
Coordinator, (416) 925-3525 or (416) 846-6672 (cell)


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