There's no mistaking the priority among parents, students and the public these days when it comes to post-secondary education. First and foremost, they want the post-secondary programs to lead to rewarding careers.
Linda Franklin is President and CEO of Colleges Ontario, the advocacy association for Ontario’s 24 Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology. In this role, Ms. Franklin has focused provincial and national attention on the coming shortage of skilled workers and the importance of the college system in addressing this challenge. She initiated a system wide marketing campaign highlighting the value of a college education, as well as launching a groundbreaking campaign focused on aboriginal students. Previously, Ms. Franklin was the President of the Wine Council of Ontario, where she directed a multi-million dollar marketing campaign for the domestic wine industry and developed a strategic plan for the sector.
Certainly the economy is a dominant issue in the election. Along with the debates about balanced budgets and new spending, the parties are promising to bring in measures to create new jobs. But one of the biggest challenges -- youth unemployment -- deserves much greater attention.
10/07/2015 08:25 EDT
More needs to be done to identify the careers of the future -- this is especially important as the demand for a more professionally trained and highly skilled workforce continues to grow. It is more essential than ever to identify the future opportunities for young people and ensure students and parents know what qualifications are required to pursue those careers.
09/24/2015 05:52 EDT
Colleges in Ontario and throughout the country have been working with small and medium-sized businesses on applied research projects to help businesses grow and innovate, as well as create new jobs. Applied research that Ontario's colleges conduct in partnership with business and industry will be central to our success when competing with international markets.
08/18/2015 05:19 EDT
The Ontario government is to be applauded for emphasizing the importance of apprenticeship programs, particularly as the province strives to produce a more qualified and highly trained workforce for the skilled trades and other sectors. Ontario has committed funding towards new equipment and technology upgrades to ensure apprentices get training that is aligned with innovations in the workplace; while new funding has been announced to encourage greater numbers of Aboriginal Peoples, at-risk youth, women and newcomers to Canada to pursue skills training.
04/17/2015 09:07 EDT
Ensuring our campuses provide a safe and welcoming environment to all students is a priority for everyone at Ontario's public colleges. In cases where sexual assaults do occur, we want to ensure that immediate and effective help is available to victims.
02/04/2015 12:53 EST
Ontario's colleges have issued a report, Opening Doors to Nursing Degrees: Time for Action, which urges the provincial government to allow interested colleges to offer their own stand-alone nursing degree programs. There are a number of compelling reasons why the province should do this.
01/29/2015 01:45 EST
The Obama administration's proposal to offer free tuition to community college students for two years has ignited a discussion about the benefits of a college education. Canada is well aware of the important role that colleges play in improving post-secondary attainment rates. But there is much more to be done. Free tuition may not be the answer in this country but Canada definitely needs to do more to make college education a priority.
01/19/2015 12:37 EST
In other words, the student won't have to repeat any of those first-year courses. Similarly, a student who transfers at the end of the second year will have the student's first two years of credits fully recognized. This will eliminate duplication and cut costs for business students who transfer to another college within Ontario.
12/08/2014 06:24 EST
With youth unemployment and underemployment remaining at stubbornly high levels, Canada must build on the success of its college system. In Ontario, one of the most significant changes that government can make is to expand the range of career-specific degree programs at colleges.
09/17/2014 12:41 EDT
Regardless of which party wins the provincial election, it will be essential for Ontario's next government to bring in meaningful reforms to encourage more students to pursue the career-focused programs at Ontario's colleges.
06/02/2014 12:28 EDT
Ontario colleges have spent decades establishing rich and respectful relationships with industry leaders. The result is a treasure trove of information sharing. Colleges know exactly what's needed in the marketplace and college experts develop courses that meet the highest standards.
04/30/2014 05:36 EDT
The provincial government needs to elevate college education to international standards by offering comparable credentials for three-year programs. This will help make college education more attractive to students and parents. A change in credential will provide college graduates with greater recognition in the marketplace.
04/28/2014 12:22 EDT
Students have a right to expect to find meaningful work after they graduate. Unfortunately, there are many young people who can't get hired because they don't have the right education and skills. This is commonly referred to as the skills mismatch -- the mismatch between the credentials held by people seeking work and the qualifications sought by employers.
10/08/2013 06:00 EDT
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