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Enrolment at Ontario colleges jumps seven per cent in 2009

Colleges CEO says about 90 per cent of grads find work within six months

For the third year in a row, enrolment at Ontario’s 24 community colleges has seen an increase in first-year full-time students.

Colleges Ontario says enrolment rose seven per cent this year, with more than 113,000 students in first-year full-time programs. This increase follows growth of 5.6 per cent last year and a six per cent increase in 2007.

The province’s 24 colleges have a combined enrolment of more than 200,000 full-time and 350,000 part-time students.

Colleges Ontario CEO Linda Franklin says about 90 per cent of college grads find work within six months and 93 per cent of employers are satisfied or very satisfied with the ones they hire.

She says there is also a growing demand for college grads despite the economic downturn and predicts the demand will intensify in the years ahead.

– The Canadian Press

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