What’s Your Passion?

No matter your passion, Ontario’s registered private career colleges have something for you. Art, design, business, environment, trades or healthcare – there really is something for everyone.

Sarah Alty chose a registered private career college to pursue her career in graphic design. After a brief career in interior design, she decided it was time for a change.

 “It was a great job, but at the end of the day I still wasn’t satisfied,” she said. “I was always happiest when I was asked to prepare visual presentations for clients.”

 This realization jump-started Sarah’s transition into graphic design. Sarah chose a registered private career college because of the career focused training, small class sizes and flexible schedules.

Sarah was one of the winners of The Career College Challenge in early 2010. Sarah’s creative flair made her an easy choice to design the contest poster for The Career College Challenge: High School Edition – a contest open to high school students in Ontario.

The job market is quickly changing and career colleges are the best at keeping up with emerging employment trends.

With program lengths often less than community college equivalent programs, students at registered private career colleges are trained in intense hands on programs and working in their chosen field sooner than their collegiate counterparts.

Whether you enjoy the satisfaction of completing a project, cooking an exquisite meal or assisting in the health of others – registered private career colleges have a program for you.

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5 Canadian Sectors Hiring Now!


Statistics Canada recently released its quarterly labour force survey results. This labour force survey showed major growth in five particular sectors: retail and wholesale trade, business and support services, health care and social assistance, personal care business as well as construction. Small class sizes, intensive training and flexible learning at Ontario’s registered private career colleges will allow a greater number of people to train for these sectors, and enter the workforce sooner.

1. Retail and Wholesale Trade

There has been an increase of 69,000 workers in retail and wholesale trade in the past year, with 22,000 more jobs created in June 2010 alone. With opportunities in managerial, finance and administrative jobs within the sector, those trained in areas such as payroll and accounting can benefit from this growth.  Evergreen College in Toronto offers a unique Business Administration in International Trading Program, Kennedy College of Toronto offers fashion design; these are just two examples of programs available at many private career colleges.

2. Business and Support Services

This sector saw 20,000 new workers in June, and 86,000 since the beginning of 2010. This rise comes from the addition of new manager and administrative positions in the private sector. Victoria International College of Business & Technology in Toronto offers Business Administration,  and IBT College offers Business Management and Entrepreneurship diploma, while many career colleges offer diplomas for various business support roles.

3. Health Care and Social Assistance

The health care and social assistance sector added 20,000 workers in June. As the population of Ontario ages, the need for health care rises. With a shortage of health care professionals across Ontario and Canada, students at registered private career colleges benefit from intensive programs. Canadian Career College can train students for Long Term Care administration and Stafford College of Health Care, Business and Technology in Toronto offers a diploma in pharmacy assistant while many of Ontario’s career colleges, including Prestige Nursing Careers Centre, offer personal support worker diplomas.

4. Personal Care Business

The personal care service sector also increased, with 17,000 new jobs added in June. The retiring workforce has opened up doors to those looking for rewarding employment in the personal care service sector. The Salon & Spa Career College , Complections International Academy, and Body Pro Beauty & Aesthetics Academy and many more career colleges in Ontario offer diploma programs in esthetics, make-up for fashion, photography and bridal as well as spa management.

5. Construction

The construction sector has been the fastest growing industry since last July, according to the Statistics Canada labour survey.  There have been 94,000 more workers in that sector since this time last year. This growth requires highly skilled workers, and registered private career colleges such as Pre-Apprenticeship Training Institute, HVAC Training Academy and Stanford International College of Business and Technology can help prepare you for a career in construction. Diploma programs such as Construction and Maintenance Electrician, Construction Technology, Gas Technician, Plumbing and Building services Engineering are offered at some of Ontario’s private career colleges.

The Ontario Association of Career Colleges represents over 250 registered private career colleges in Ontario. To find a career college or program in your area, visit ontariocollegesearch.ca or OACC.ca

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Help Students Keep Their Loans In Good Standing

OSAP Tools

No interest after Graduation

Students have six months before interest begins to accrue on their loans – encourage students, who can, to begin paying back loans before the six month period ends.

Ontario Student Opportunity Grant (OSOG)

This grant can limit yearly debt to a maximum of $7000 for two-term year, or $10,500 for three-term year

Interest Relief

Eligible students can suspend monthly loan payments if they cannot afford to make them.

Revision of Repayment Terms

Students can change his or her monthly payment by adjusting his or her loan repayment period.

Debt Reduction in Repayment

This program may help students reduce their debt if they are still having difficulty repaying five years after leaving their program of study.

Repayment Assistance Plan

This plan helps students through reasonable and affordable payments

Visit http://osap.gov.on.ca for more information about any of the above programs

Tools For Career Colleges


Admission Standards

Use admissions testing which not only meets ministry requirements but also those of the program – this will ensure student’s can handle the curriculum.

Entrance Counselling

Remind students during entrance interviews if they are applying for a loan it is their financial responsibility; arm your students with the information to make an informed decision before applying to OSAP.

Mid-program Counselling

Keep an eye on students who are falling behind, a withdrawn student still has to pay back loans and may lose out on grants.

Program quality, industry relevance and placements

Offer high quality programs that provide good value for money invested  in order to ensure that students feel good about their education and are more inclined to repay their loans.

Use program advisory committees for curriculum development and maintenance to ensure that the material being taught meets industry standards, and will lead to employment after graduation.”

Assist students with finding unpaid practicum placements to practice what they have learned, to gain real-world experience and begin networking before graduation, in an effort to increase their likelihood of becoming gainfully employed.

Exit interviews

Conduct exit interviews with students to remind them of their obligation to repay their loans, and the importance of keeping the National Student Loan Service Centre (NSLSC) informed of any address and contact information changes

Encourage graduates to read all correspondence received from NSLSC in a timely manner and offer to provide clarification about such correspondence, as needed.


Once the program of study has been completed, remind students of the responsibilities associated with OSAP, and the potential consequences of nonpayment such as garnishment of income tax refunds, and poor credit ratings that could negatively affect their ability to get car loans or mortgages in the future.

Student follow-up is an important step in reducing defaults.

Contact students after graduation to remind them of their obligation to repay their loans, through the use of a series of letters, emails and calls.

Contact OACC if you have any questions about helping your students keep their loans in good standing.

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Toronto Board of Trade Event

Board of Trade

National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo will be at the Toronto Board of Trade on January 19 for a discussion on “Building the First Nations Economy” from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m.

First Nations are focused on education as the key to economic, social and personal wellbeing. Education will also enhance the development of sustainable, environmentally viable individual and community-based business opportunities.

Join National Chief Atleo for an insightful discussion on:

  • The First Nations’ vision of economic self-sufficiency and business partnerships
  • The need for Indigenous people to take a leadership role in balancing development opportunities and environmental conservation
  • Why economic issues facing First Nations impact all Canadians

Tickets are $65 for Toronto Board of Trade members and $85 for non members. For more information or to register online, click here.

The Ontario Association of Career Colleges does not endorse any events posted on this blog but rather acts as a conduit in sharing information that may be of interest to members. If you have an event that you would like to share with OACC members, please e-mail kristas@oacc.on.ca with details.

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