The earning gap widens: are you ready to make the leap?

“Seven out of 10 new jobs created over the next decade will require a postsecondary credential,” said John Milloy, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. “A well-trained and highly skilled workforce will be essential to Ontario’s continued success in the knowledge-based economy.”

A new report by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario shows the earning gap between high-school graduates and post-secondary graduates has nearly doubled in the last 20 years.

As the earnings gap widens, students should ask themselves – am I ready to make the leap?

Ontario’s registered private career colleges have been providing post-secondary training for over 140 years. The private career college sector is well equipped to handle the influx of students and new career fields. Career Colleges can quickly adjust to meet the needs of the economy.

While the Canadian economy restructures, a creative and highly educated work force is crucial, making post-secondary credentials all the more important. Post-secondary education doesn’t have to mean a university degree or college diploma – shorter, more career focused diplomas from Ontario’s registered private career colleges provide students with the skills needed to succeed.

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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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College 2.0

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“OMG – my college just tweeted me.”

And so begins a trend piece that was in the Toronto Star this weekend about post secondary institutions using social media. A Toronto student, frustrated with being placed on hold, complained via Twitter. Within minutes, a “How can I help?” reply came from a college rep.

Social media and its use for career colleges was the subject of a blog post I wrote a few months ago. Is it something your college is exploring? What have your experiences been?

A related item in the headlines: smart phone applications and their use in academic settings. Most recently, the University of Western Ontario’s Richard Ivey School of Business launched an app for the iPhone and Blackberry called “Ivey MBA.” It will allow students to connect to the School’s social media channels, news feeds and blogs posted by admissions staff and current MBA students. Students can also use the app to register for upcoming events.

Interesting. Do you think this is the future of recruitment?

Social media for career colleges will be the subject of a workshop on April 23 at Blue Mountain 2010, OACC’s 37th annual conference. Find out more by clicking here.

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