Cambrian College Numbers Keep Climbing

Posted on Tuesday January 21, 2014

A growing number of people who are looking ahead to their careers are turning to colleges for their education. Cambrian College is part of that trend. France Quirion, Associate Vice President, Student Services, reported that fall 2013 enrolment numbers were up by seven percent and applications for fall 2014 are up 4.5 percent over last year, putting Cambrian above the provincial average.


“Our strong numbers tell us we’re moving in the right direction,” said Sonia Del Missier, Interim President. “We’ve got strong curricula across the board, and our full-time, on-campus, online, and part-time programs suit virtually any interest, learning style, and method of delivery. Cambrian is not only meeting the needs of its students, but we are also meeting the needs of employers and helping to bolster the economy in our area.”


According to Colleges Ontario, more and more university graduates are choosing to pursue a college education in order to complement their degrees. Since 2009, the number of post-university applicants to Ontario colleges has risen by about 40 percent.


“Cambrian grads continue to shine in the workplace,” continued Del Missier. “With an employer satisfaction rate of nearly 93 per cent, we know our programs get results. Many students are choosing college because tuition rates tend to be lower than university, and students learn the practical skills that they need to succeed in competitive work environments.”


The Conference Board of Canada estimates that the skills mismatch costs Ontario as much as $24.3 billion a year in lost economic activity and that a college education helps to fill in the gaps.


Colleges Ontario recently found that even during the height of the recession nearly 84 per cent of college graduates found work within six months of graduation. Approximately 220,000 full-time and 300,000 part-time students attend the province’s colleges.  At Cambrian, there are more than 13,500 students studying in full-time and part-time courses or programs.


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France Quirion

Associate Vice President
Student Services

(705) 566-8101, extension 7294


Gloria Staskus

Communications Manager

College Advancement

(705) 566-8101, extension 7760



Cambrian College student places fifth in international networking competition

Posted on Wednesday January 15, 2014
Jawala Birdi, a second-year computer systems technology student at Cambrian College, completes one of three tests to place fifth in Cisco’s 2013 international NetRiders competition. Photo supplied by Bob Vachon.

Jawala Birdi really knows how to connect the dots.
A second-year computer systems technology student at Cambrian College, Birdi earned an impressive fifth place in the North American division at last Fall’s Cisco Networking Academy NetRiders …

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