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OECD report says college education makes Canada a leader in post-secondary education

2014-09-10, 3:09 PM

A new Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) report released today concludes a robust college system is the reason more Canadians obtained a post-secondary education than people in many other countries.

“The report highlights the incredible contribution colleges make to Canadians society,” said Glenn Vollebregt, President and CEO of St. Lawrence College. “College education ensures that people from all walks of life have access to high-quality, career-focused programs.”

The OECD report, called Education at a Glance, 2014, was released today and looks at a wide range of educational issues on a global scale. The report highlights the many pathways available to post-secondary students in Canada and attributes much of that accessibility to the country’s colleges.

In Ontario, growing numbers of students are pursuing college education. There are 220,000 full-time students and 300,000 part-time students enrolled in Ontario’s colleges. The number of university graduates enrolled in Ontario college programs has increased more than 40 per cent over the past five years.

The OECD survey also mentions Canada’s strength in helping low-income children in public school overcome hurdles to learning. Ontario colleges are a destination for students from diverse socio-economic backgrounds.

“We are constantly working with industry partners to ensure students are receiving career-focused higher education that prepares them for long-term success,” said Vollebregt. “We will continue to focus on helping greater numbers of people find meaningful careers in the new economy.”