Ontario government making changes regarding college partnerships


One of the most frustrating parts of studying for a post-secondary degree/diploma is the fact many programs don’t provide enough opportunities to get real-world work experience.

However, the Ontario government has announced they will be getting rid of some of the barriers that prevent Ontario publicly-funded colleges from creating innovative and entrepreneurial partnerships that prepare students for what to expect when they enter the workforce.

“Through these partnerships, students will get the education and training they need for good jobs, so Ontario businesses have the skilled workforce to grow and make Ontario open for business and open for jobs,” Ross Romano, Minister of Colleges and Universities, said in a news release.

“These partnerships will strengthen communities across the province by encouraging international students to study at campuses outside the Greater Toronto Area, and to remain there after their studies,” he continued.

The new policy will afford colleges more flexibility when it comes to regulations regarding international students and partnership programs.

“Today’s announcement is an exciting one,” Glenn Vollebregt, president and CEO of St. Lawrence College, said.

“We know the people who study at colleges in Ontario are driven, dedicated, and come from diverse backgrounds. These guidelines will allow us to continue to connect our students with an education that helps them be prepared for a rewarding career. When you consider that a large percentage of our students stay in our Eastern Ontario community after they graduate, we also know this is going to support industry and employers connect with the talent that they need to continue growing and succeeding,” he continued.

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