Here are a few important facts about college education in Ontario today.
Over the past 50 years, two million people have graduated from Ontario’s colleges.
There are more than 220,000 full-time students and 300,000 part-time students enrolled in Ontario’s colleges.
Ontario’s 24 colleges offer 900 programs that provide students with the professional and technical skills to pursue careers in every sector of the economy. Colleges provide a range of credentials from diplomas to degrees and post-graduate certificates.
College graduates succeed in such diverse fields as business, IT, paramedicine, tourism, advertising, biotechnology, 3D manufacturing, game development, the skilled trades, renewable energy, and much more.
84 per cent of college graduates find employment within six months of graduation.
More than 90 per cent of employers are satisfied or very satisfied with the graduates they hired.
Colleges work collaboratively with universities to help more students pursue a combination of university and college programs. For example, the number of university graduates enrolled in college has increased more than 50 per cent over the past five years.
Some of our well-known alumni include Hockey Night in Canada host George Stroumboulopoulos, comedian and TV star Brent Butt, Guelph General Hospital president and CEO Marianne Walker, Academy Award-winning film director Paul Haggis, and celebrity chef Mark McEwan.
About 85 per cent of the in-class portion of apprenticeship training is delivered at Ontario’s colleges.