TIMMINS, ON: An official count released by Colleges Ontario confirms that enrolment in first-year, full-time programs is up 19.6 per cent at Northern College compared to just one year ago. Significant growth has been observed in the Health Sciences and Emergency Services, Engineering Technology and Trades, and Veterinary Sciences program clusters, and has lead to enrolment growth at all four Northern College campuses.
A statement released by Colleges Ontario on Monday shows that the enrolment increase at Northern College is reflective of an increase throughout Ontario. The statement explains that first-year, full-time college enrolment in Ontario grew five per cent compared to last year, reaching its highest level ever.
Students enrolled in Ontario’s colleges come from all walks of life, and are training for careers in a wide array of industries. Over the last five years, the number of university graduates applying to Ontario’s colleges increased by 40 per cent.
One factor driving college enrolment is Ontario’s much discussed skills mismatch. Many of Ontario’s job seekers lack the relevant qualifications and skills needed to fill available jobs, and are turning to colleges to enhance their resumes.
Northern College’s strong ties with industry and suite of well-respected signature programs have positioned the college as a leader in providing career-specific training. Demand for Northern College graduates is so strong that over 87 per cent of Northern’s latest graduating class found work within six months of graduation, which is nearly four per cent higher than the total for all graduates in Ontario.
“An increase in enrolment at Northern College is positive for all of northeastern Ontario,” said Fred Gibbons, President of Northern College. “As the demand for skilled workers increases across the region, we will continue to produce graduates that meet those demands. We will also continue to forge strong partnerships with industry to ensure that we’re providing programming that is relevant to our region’s workforce needs.”
During the 2012 to 2013 school year, Northern College served more than 2,300 full-time and 8,200 part-time students in all programming areas, including post-secondary, career programs, apprenticeship programs and academic upgrading. The college offers over 75 programs through its Schools of Business and Office Administration, Community Services, Engineering Technology and Trades, Health Sciences and Emergency Services, Veterinary Sciences, and Welding Engineering Technology, as well as through its Apprenticeship, Community and Corporate Training Centre.
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