(TORONTO, March 8, 2010) – Ontario’s colleges, including Niagara College, are praising the important commitments made by the Ontario government today to produce more college and university graduates.
“Greater numbers of people will get the higher education and training they need to achieve success,” said Anne Sado, the chair of the colleges’ committee of presidents, “This is an important commitment to people’s futures and to producing a stronger workforce in this new knowledge economy.”
The government’s throne speech today included a commitment to increase the number of spaces in colleges and universities by 20,000 this year. As well, the government is pledging to support increasing the attainment rate of post-secondary credentials to the required 70 per cent from the current level of 62 per cent.
The throne speech also included a commitment to develop a new, five-year plan to improve the quality of post-secondary education. And the government says it will aggressively promote Ontario post-secondary institutions abroad, and increase international enrolment by 50 per cent.
“Today’s throne speech is a strong endorsement of the importance of Ontario’s post-secondary system in transitioning and strengthening Ontario’s economy,” said Dan Patterson, President, Niagara College, “Niagara College has taken a leadership role in re-training Niagara’s workforce for new careers in a changing economic landscape, and we welcome the enhanced focus and support by the Ontario government as we move forward.”
In addition, the government will create a new Online Ontario Institute, bringing the best instructors from colleges and universities to people’s homes through online learning.
“The government clearly recognizes the demand for post-secondary education and training continues to grow,” Sado said. “Ontario colleges are pleased with the vision spelled out today and look forward to seeing more details in the upcoming provincial budget.”
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