CASA calls on leaders to support Access Agenda for Post-Secondary Education - Releases "Education Challenge" Video

    OTTAWA, Sept. 17 /CNW Telbec/ - CASA calls on national leaders to address
a mounting crisis: An overwhelming majority of job opportunities created in
Canada each year require a post-secondary credential, yet this landmark level
of demand for skilled workers far exceeds the production capacity of the
current Canadian post-secondary education system.
    "Canadians know that our continued prosperity hinges on our ability to
graduate enough students from university, college, and technical programs to
meet the job demands produced by our economy," said Zach Churchill, National
Director of the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations. "Presently, only
42% of the university-age population attends some form of post-secondary
education, a rate far too low to supply job growth in a knowledge-based
economy; those in the system struggle with high debt, often dropping out
before they complete their schooling."
    When looking at the specific communities in the country, the numbers
become even more alarming. Canadians from low income families are half as
likely to attend university as those from high-income families. Only 2 of
every 10 students who are first generation learners -whose parents didn't go
to university or college - are pursuing university, while only 4 of 10 are
pursuing college. Further, 7 of 10 Canadians with disabilities of working age
do not have a post-secondary credential, and 8 of 10 Aboriginal students are
not enrolled in a form of higher education, 15 percentage points below the
non-Aboriginal population.
    CASA is challenging our national leaders to resolve this crisis by
investing in a comprehensive Post-Secondary Education Access Agenda. This
Access Agenda must focus on increasing the participation rates of the
aforementioned groups of Canadians who are currently underrepresented in the
post-secondary system, in addition to sustaining current students in the
system by reducing the amount of debt incurred in pursuit of a post-secondary
    As a part of its promotion of a Post-Secondary Access Agenda, CASA has
launched a web video entitled "The Education Challenge," aimed at encouraging
students and the general public to strongly consider the issue of
accessibility to post-secondary education when casting their ballot on
October 14th, 2008.

    To view "The Education Challenge" video please visit:

    The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) is a non-partisan,
not-for-profit national student organization composed of 23 student
associations, representing 300,000 students from coast to coast.

For further information:

For further information: Jillian Flake, Public Relations and
Communications Officer, CASA, (613) 236-3457 ext. 224, (c) (613) 868-6605,

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