TIMMINS, ON: Northern College is calling on the newly elected 41st Parliament of Ontario to enact crucial reforms to the province’s post-secondary education system. The government outlined its intent to implement several reforms in last week’s throne speech delivered by Lieutenant Governor David Onley.
The speech touched on several measures the college has previously supported, including the continuation of both the 30 per cent tuition grant and the Youth Job Strategy. The province has also vowed to create more post-secondary spaces in the province through campus expansion and creation. However, there was no mention of elevating Ontario’s post-secondary education system to Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development standards by allowing colleges to grant three-year degrees.
Northern College has long advocated for colleges to have the ability to grant degrees for three-year, career-specific programs. While many three-year programs at Ontario colleges already meet provincial standards for undergraduate education, graduates are currently awarded diplomas or advanced diplomas, rather than degrees.
The college is hopeful that Reza Moridi, Ontario’s new Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, will help to enact this essential change.
“Looking at Minister Moridi’s resume, it is clear that Ontario’s education system is in capable hands,” says Fred Gibbons, President of Northern College. “He has experience working in education at the international level, and from his lengthy list of post-secondary credentials and awards, it’s clear that he has a passion for higher learning.”
Allowing colleges to issue three-year degrees would ensure that students earn credentials that properly recognize their achievements and allow them to compete with college graduates from other regions more effectively.
Northern College is looking forward to working with Minister Moridi and the 41st Parliament of Ontario to strengthen Ontario’s education system, our economy, industry and the communities we serve.
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