Applications to Ontario colleges jump more than eight per cent

    TORONTO, June 17 /CNW/ - Applications to first-year full-time programs at
Ontario's 24 colleges have increased 8.54 per cent this year as more people
pursue postsecondary education to help them fulfill their career ambitions.
    "Greater numbers of people are recognizing the value of higher education,
particularly in this difficult economy," said Linda Franklin, the president
and CEO of Colleges Ontario. "There is a growing awareness that colleges
prepare people for long-term success in their careers."
    As of June 15, the Ontario College Application Service (OCAS) had
received 144,889 applications for first-year programs in fall 2009, compared
with 133,553 applications at this time last year. People can continue to apply
to college programs over the summer and final enrolment counts will be
determined in the fall.
    Franklin said college graduates continue to succeed in all sectors of the
economy. About 90 per cent of college graduates find jobs within six months of
graduation and more than 93 per cent of employers are satisfied with the
college graduates they have hired.
    Ontario's colleges deliver programs in a wide range of areas, from
advertising, IT, health care, finance, and construction technology to culinary
arts, tourism, film and much more.
    "A postsecondary education is pretty much a necessity for people entering
the workforce today," Franklin said. "Colleges provide people with the
education and training they need to fulfil their potential."

    Colleges Ontario is the voice of Ontario's 24 colleges of applied arts
and technology. Ontario colleges serve about 200 communities throughout the
province, delivering a wide range of career-focused education and training
programs to more than 200,000 full-time and 300,000 part-time students.

For further information:

For further information: Sally Ritchie, Senior Communications Officer,
Colleges Ontario, (416) 596-0744 ext. 242, (416) 471-2194 Cell

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