April 25, 2016 – Sudbury
A website and publicity campaign were officially launched today to promote awareness of the Ontario college system’s upcoming 50th anniversary in 2017.
The campaign, called The Start of Something Amazing, will encourage reflection on the college system’s tremendous legacy and will look ahead to the next 50 years. Students, faculty, alumni, and communities throughout the province will be part of the celebration that begins in September 2016 and runs through to the end of 2017.
In addition to the new website, the campaign will include an online yearbook and videos, a province-wide bus tour, guest lecturer events that will be available online, a scholarship program for new students, special community events, and much more. Cambrian College and Collège Boréal will be organizing local events as well as participating in system-wide activities.
When the Ontario college system was first incepted in the late 1960s, Ontario’s colleges were training approximately 20,000 full-time students per year. Today, enrolment is at an all-time high with 500,000 full-time and part-time students.
Today’s colleges offer about 900 programs that prepare students for a vast range of fields, including: business and marketing; community and social services; art and design; engineering; information technology; law and justice; health sciences; and the skilled trades. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) maintains that access to college education has made Canada a world leader in post-secondary attainment rates.
“The Ontario college system fuels the engine that drives economies across Ontario, our country, and around the world. As we approach our 50th year as a system, we will celebrate the achievements of our 2 million graduates and focus our collective energies on the innovations and achievements that will define our future.”
Bill Best, President, Cambrian College
“Collège Boréal may be the youngest college in the province, it is nonetheless proud to join in celebrating 50 years of excellence and innovation in Ontario’s colleges. We look forward to working with these institutions in the future so that together, we can continue to prepare the highly skilled workforce this province’s citizens deserve. ”
Pierre Riopel, President, Collège Boréal
“This is a significant occasion that celebrates just how much college education has evolved and become pivotal to Ontario’s success. As a system, we’re starting the work to promote awareness of all the activities planned for this milestone anniversary.”
Don Lovisa, President of Durham College and Chair of the College Sector Task Force planning provincewide activities
“The coming year promises to be a banner one for Ontario’s colleges. We’re excited about this chance to mark our legacy and to engage everyone in a discussion about the future of college education.”
Linda Franklin, President and CEO of Colleges Ontario
About Cambrian College
Cambrian College is the largest college in northern Ontario, offering more than 80 full-time programs across diverse fields of study. The College provides hands-on learning opportunities, flexible study options, and hundreds of pathway agreements that enable graduates to build their credentials at the university level, or across disciplines. Through accredited programs, strong industry connections, and comprehensive support services, students are well-prepared for dynamic careers. Employers who hire college graduates have ranked Cambrian’s grads as the best in Ontario for the second year in a row, and 85 percent of Cambrian grads find work within their field within six months.
About Collège Boréal
Established in 1995, Collège Boréal is a French-language postsecondary training and learning institution dedicated to the development and growth of French communities throughout the province. Since 1995, over 113,380 clients across Ontario have benefited from College Boréal’s expertise relating to postsecondary education, training programs, services for immigrants, and services pertaining to employability. Collège Boréal offers a wide variety of services in 35 access centres in 25 communities across the province. Furthermore, Collège Boréal has developed and implemented over 60 articulation agreements with other postsecondary institutions.
According to the Key Performance Indicators recognized by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, Collège Boréal now holds the top-ranking position in four out of the five areas surveyed! Out of all Ontario colleges, Boréal has the highest student satisfaction rate, graduation rate, graduate satisfaction rate, and employment rate in the province. Moreover, 93.8% of surveyed employers would recommend hiring Collège Boréal graduates!
For more information about Cambrian College programs and services, please visit our website at www.cambrianinternational.ca or follow us on Facebook and Twitter @cambriancollege.
To find out more about Collège Boréal programs and services, please visit our website at www.collegeboreal.ca or follow us Facebook and Twitter @collegeboreal.
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