College graduates continue to get jobs

    TORONTO, April 7 /CNW/ - An Ontario college education continues to
provide an excellent pathway to success in the workforce, the most recent
independently collected provincial data shows.
    New Key Performance Indicators (KPI) data released today indicated that
88.9 per cent of 2007-2008 graduates in the labour force found work within six
months of graduating.
    As well, 93.3 per cent of employers were satisfied or very satisfied with
the quality of the graduates they hired.
    "The strong education and training provided at Ontario's 24 public
colleges continues to get high marks," said Anne Sado, president of George
Brown College and chair of the colleges' committee of presidents, which is
meeting today. "Colleges continue to provide students with the higher
education they need to fulfil their career ambitions."
    Since 1998, the provincial KPI data have been gathered annually by two
independent research firms for the colleges and for the Ministry of Training,
Colleges and Universities. The most recent data were collected from March 2008
to February 2009.

    The key findings included:

    -  93.3 per cent of employers were satisfied with the quality of the
       educational preparation of college graduates

    -  82.7 per cent of graduates were satisfied with the usefulness of their
       college education in achieving their goals after graduation

    -  78.4 per cent of students were satisfied with the overall quality of
       services, programming and resources available to them.

    "It is particularly important in this new economy for students pursuing
higher education to explore the range of programs available at Ontario's
colleges," Sado said. "Many people will best achieve their career ambitions
through a college education."
    The KPI results are available at

For further information:

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

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