McGuinty: Student Success Strategy For Stronger Education

    Ontario Liberals Building A Stronger Foundation, More Graduates, More

    GUELPH, ON, Oct. 4 /CNW/ - The Ontario Liberals' Student Success Strategy
means that thousands more Ontario students are finishing school and getting
the skills they need, Premier Dalton McGuinty says.
    "Learning to 18 isn't simply about keeping you in school. It's about
getting you what you need - whatever it takes - to be engaged and to succeed
in high school," the Premier told students at College Heights Secondary School
here today.
    Today, Ontario's annual high school graduation rate is up - now at 73 per
cent, a five per cent increase from 2003. Ontario Liberals are focused on
getting to 85 per cent by 2010 - which will mean 90,000 more students with
better prospects for the future.
    "That's a population the size of Guelph, all young Ontarians getting the
skills they need to compete for and win the best jobs," McGuinty said.
    When the Harris Tory party was in office, more than 51,000 students fell
through the cracks and dropped out of high school.

    Thanks to Ontario Liberals' Student Success Strategy:

    -  Ontario has Learning to 18 legislation to keep students in school -
       the first change in the school leaving age in Ontario since the 1950s
    -  There are more than 2,000 additional students participating in
       Ontario's Youth Apprenticeship Program than when we took office and
       we're creating more apprenticeship positions every year
    -  More than 90,000 participate in co-op programs now, 30,000 more than
       in 2003
    -  Specialist high skills major programs are now available in 67 school
       boards for nine economic sectors, up from last year when there were 27
       school boards with five sectors. Economic sectors include business,
       mining, construction, manufacturing, environment, health & wellness,
       transportation, and horticulture.
    -  Dual credit opportunities have also expanded. There will be 155 dual
       credit pilot projects in 2007-08 (up from 65 in 2006-07) and 4,320
       students (up from 2,500).

    "Nothing is more important to me and to Ontario Liberals than protecting
and enhancing our publicly funded education," McGuinty said. I'm proud of what
we've done so far and there's more to do - let's move forward, together."

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