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How to pick the right college program

There are thousands of subjects to study at Canadian colleges. Here are 10 tips for figuring out which one suits you best.

How to find college scholarships

Seven tips for finding money to help pay for your college education.
(Illustration by Sam Island)

How to stay on top of finances in college

Tuition, ancillary fees, due dates, drop dates—paying for college has its own vocabulary. Here are 10 tips for staying on top of the bills and keeping costs down.
Aidan D’Souza, a Seneca College student and mentor. (Photograph by Erik Putz)

What it was like growing up at college

Aidan D’Souza has been ‘going to’ Seneca College most of his life. He’s built websites, run cross-country and done an Instagram takeover. He also found time to earn a diploma.
Kwantlen's Mechatronics and Advanced Manufacturing diploma program. (Kwantlen Polytechnic University)

As automation increases, so will the demand for this job

The move to automation is inevitable, but many human hands—and brains—are needed to make those robots run. Enter the automation technician. Here are the colleges offering a way in to this lucrative career.
Matt Zeleny, an Applied Research Technologist, removes laser cut PPE face shields at the Camosun Innovates lab. (James MacDonald)

How Canadian colleges rose to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic

When COVID hit, colleges jumped in—mass-producing face shields, speed-reading studies and more
Nathaniel Judah, from the class of 2019, performs during the Christmas show in December, 2018.

Tips for getting in to the most competitive applied arts programs

Looking to get a leg up as a dancer/painter/designer? First step: get yourself into a competitive college program. Here’s how.

How students turn on-the-job training into college credit

Partnerships between employers like McDonald’s and colleges turn on-the-job training into academic credit
Mixed race student studying in library

How to write an essay for university or college that earns top marks

Expert tips from a former teaching assistant and part-time professor on writing an ’A’ paper