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Applications to Ontario colleges jump more than eight per cent


(Toronto, June 16, 2009) – Applications to first-year full-time programs at Ontario’s 24 colleges have increased 8.54 per cent this year as more people pursue postsecondary education to help them fulfill their career ambitions.

"Greater numbers of people are recognizing the value of higher education, particularly in this difficult economy," said Linda Franklin, the president and CEO of Colleges Ontario. "There is a growing awareness that colleges prepare people for long-term success in their careers."

As of June 15, the Ontario College Application Service (OCAS) had received 144,889 applications for first-year programs in fall 2009, compared with 133,553 applications at this time last year. People can continue to apply to college programs over the summer and final enrolment counts will be determined in the fall.

Franklin said college graduates continue to succeed in all sectors of the economy. About 90 per cent of college graduates find jobs within six months of graduation and more than 93 per cent of employers are satisfied with the college graduates they have hired.

Ontario’s colleges deliver programs in a wide range of areas, from advertising, IT, health care, finance, and construction technology to culinary arts, tourism, film and much more.

"A postsecondary education is pretty much a necessity for people entering the workforce today," Franklin said. "Colleges provide people with the education and training they need to fulfil their potential."

Colleges Ontario is the voice of Ontario’s 24 colleges of applied arts and technology. Ontario colleges serve about 200 communities throughout the province, delivering a wide range of career-focused education and training programs to more than 200,000 full-time and 350,000 part-time students.