Colleges Ontario applauds Second Career enhancements

    TORONTO, Oct. 24 /CNW/ - Colleges Ontario says the provincial government
changes to the Second Career program will open educational doors to more
laid-off workers.
    "There is now more room on the college path to a new career," Linda
Franklin, president and CEO of Colleges Ontario.
    Franklin said older students or those seeking retraining will fit right
in at Ontario's 24 public colleges. "Our students range in age from their late
teens to well into their 40s and beyond. Students also come from a wide
variety of backgrounds."
    The province today announced changes to Second Career, launched in June
2008 to train laid-off workers for new careers in growing sectors. Workers who
were laid off as long ago as Jan. 1, 2005, will now be eligible, as well as
those who have taken an interim job. As well, there is now a short-term
training option for workers who are not eligible for Employment Insurance and
potential financial assistance to cover the cost of academic upgrading, living
away from home while participating in training, and dependent care.
    Franklin said many people seeking retraining will want to explore the
internationally recognized programs at Ontario's public colleges. More than
90 per cent of college graduates entering the workforce find work within six
months and 93 per cent of their employers are satisfied or very satisfied with
their new employees.
    "Certificates, diplomas and degrees from our colleges are widely
recognized and valued by employers," said Frankin. "Colleges provide a
sure-fire beginning to anyone pursuing a Second Career."

    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 350,000 part-time students.

For further information:

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

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