Provincial election candidates are being urged to support a post-secondary action plan on climate change and other measures to produce the strong workforce that will be pivotal to recharging Ontario’s economy.
“College education provides students with the expertise to succeed in this new economy,” said Glenn Vollebregt, SLC President and CEO. “Ensuring students continue to have access to our high-quality programs is essential to driving economic growth, helping develop talent for the jobs of tomorrow, and keeping our community strong.”
The province’s 24 colleges have released a new platform for the election, called Recharging Ontario. It features several post-secondary priorities the next government should adopt.
The colleges recommend the next government should:
- Invest in new technology and new equipment at Ontario’s colleges.
- Establish new college training programs for the green workforce.
- Promote applied research at colleges to develop new products and help businesses become more efficient.
- Fund more campus-based services to promote student wellness such as front-line counselling and early-intervention supports.
- Create a distinct tuition policy for colleges that provides the necessary resources while ensuring college programs remain affordable and accessible.
These measures and others would build on the colleges’ successes and on the recent announcement that colleges can expand their range of career-focused degree programs. This includes developing new three-year degree programs and expanding the range of four-year degree programs.
“We’re committed to working with the next government to further strengthen higher education,” Vollebregt said. “We’re encouraging all candidates to support our students and our future prosperity by endorsing our recommendations to recharge Ontario.”
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