Corwall Seaway News
April 1st. 2013
CORNWALL, Ontario - Career colleges are quickly becoming realized, both in the education industry and more importantly when employers are looking to fill roster spots, as an integral part of the mechanism that drives economic engines.
More students, especially those with specific goals in mind concering a focused area of study, are finding work after graduating from career colleges, according to a study released by a group that advocates on behalf of the institutions.
The Ontario Association of Career Colleges said in its report that 83.4 per cent of graduates found work after leaving school. The same study added that before heading to a career college, only 48 per cent of students had jobs, but after college the number jumped to 78 per cent.
"Career colleges are all about focusing on vocations," said Bryan Merkley, campus director at the Academy of Learning College's Cornwall office. "And when we can, we even go for industry certifications."
Government is even taking note. The Ontario Progressive-Conservative Party recently released one of its so-called "white papers" on education in the province, which suggests career colleges offer something other community colleges and universities don't - intensive training in a specific area of study.
Wanda Bender, training director at the Academy of Learning, said as an example a college program could run for two or three years, while a similar field of study at a career college can see a graduate looking for work in as little as 10 months.
Merkley added workplace training is also an integral part of the learning experience.
"What better way to determine a person's training that to put them in the workplace?" he said