TORONTO, Dec. 5, 2012 /CNW/ - First-year enrolment in Ontario's colleges
hit its highest level ever this year, increasing by 4.9 per cent over
the previous year. More than 123,000 students are enrolled in
first-year programs at the province's 24 colleges.
"In this difficult job market, more and more students are pursuing the
career-focused programs at Ontario's colleges," said Linda Franklin,
the president and CEO of Colleges Ontario. "They enroll in college
because it means long-term success."
The colleges have seen a 17.4 per cent increase in international
enrolment this year. As well, college education continues to attract
significant numbers of university graduates. The number of university
graduates applying to college has increased more than 40 per cent from
five years ago.
Franklin said it is particularly important for students to pursue
career-specific college programs as employers seek more highly
There is growing evidence in Ontario of the skills mismatch identified
in Seneca College president emeritus Rick Miner's seminal report,
People Without Jobs, Jobs Without People: Ontario's Labour Market
Future. At the same time that unemployment remains high, increasing
numbers of employers are struggling to find qualified people to fill
"People entering the workforce must demonstrate they have the
problem-solving abilities and the skills to succeed," Franklin said.
"More than ever, a college education has become an important part of a
student's path to meaningful employment."
Ontario's colleges serve 200,000 full-time students and 300,000
part-time students and clients. The most recent Key Performance
Indicators released by the province confirm that college graduates
continue to find work. The results show 83 per cent of college
graduates found work within six months of graduation.
SOURCE: Colleges Ontario
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