/R E P E A T -- We put you to work™ - Loyalist top in province in graduate employment/

KPI results show 89.3 per cent of Loyalist College graduates find employment within six months

BELLEVILLE, ON, April 16, 2015 /CNW/ - Provincial Key Performance Indicator (KPI) results released today reinforce the strength of college education as an effective route into the workforce. For Loyalist, 89.3 per cent of the College's most recent graduates found employment within six months of graduation compared to the provincial average of 84 per cent.

"We are very pleased with this outstanding result, particularly in a period of a challenging job market," said Loyalist President Maureen Piercy. "The College has a strong tradition in graduate employment – Loyalist grads have always achieved high placement rates relative to the college system, and this year our results are right at the top of the province. Our focus is on helping students succeed in their careers, a focus which is highlighted in our 'We put you to work' branding position."

Other KPI results for Loyalist show strong satisfaction rates at levels greater than 80 per cent for Graduate Satisfaction (83.8), Employer Satisfaction (83.9), and Student Satisfaction (80.5).

"We review the annual KPI results as part of our continuous improvement process," said President Piercy. "While there are always opportunities for improvement, the results this year really speak to the excellence of College programming, teaching and the Loyalist experience for students.  I am very proud of the efforts of faculty and staff right across the College in working to support our students' success."

The provincial government and the colleges have been gathering the annual data on college results since 1998. The most recent KPIs were gathered by two independent research firms, from March 2014 to February 2015.

The full KPI report is available at http://collegesontario.org/outcomes/key-performance-indicators.html

About Loyalist College
Located on more than 200 acres in the beautiful Bay of Quinte region, Loyalist College is a close-knit community where students and their success come first. Internationally renowned for its enriched student learning and living experiences, Loyalist provides personalized attention in small classes, rewarding field placements and superior success services. To prepare students for in-demand careers, Loyalist offers more than 60 full-time programs; apprenticeships; and 500+ online, distance and in-class courses, as well as opportunities for continuing education through more than 70 university transfer agreements. The College's wide selection of advanced diplomas, diplomas and certificates aligns with market-driven disciplines including applied sciences, biosciences, building sciences, business and management studies, health sciences, human studies, justice studies, media, arts and design, and skills and technology. In Ontario, the College's new Digital Media Centre and the LEED® Silver certified Sustainable Skills, Technology and Life Sciences Centre are training centres of choice for students, as well as College business and industry partners. For more information on the College's Belleville and Bancroft campuses, visit loyalistcollege.com.


SOURCE Loyalist College

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Image with caption: "Loyalist College has the #1 College grad employment rate in Ontario! (2015 KPI Survey) (CNW Group/Loyalist College)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150416_C4418_PHOTO_EN_14385.jpg

For further information: Dianne Spencer, Executive Director, College Advancement & External Relations, Loyalist College; 613-969-1913 ext. 2235, dspencer@loyalistc.on.ca


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