An article about laid-off workers seeking retraining appeared in the Waterloo Region Record newspaper last Saturday. Don Thibert, OACC President and Director of Academic Affairs at Everest College, commented on the strong work ethic of students pursuing a second career. After the initial adjustment, the mature students are “there every day, active and participating in class. They are excited to learn,” said Thibert.
About 28,000 people across Ontario have had financial aid in retraining from the province’s Second Career program. Last fall the criteria was tightened on Second Career as the government moved to control costs.
In the budget released last Thursday, the Ontario government promised to help another 30,000 people with the Second Career program over two years for a total cost of approximately $600 million.
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