College graduates finding work in their fields of study

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College graduates finding work in their fields of study

TORONTO, Jan. 4 /CNW/ - Ninety-one per cent of college graduates have found work within six months of graduation, with more than two-thirds of them employed full time in areas related to their field of study, Dianne Cunningham, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities announced today while releasing an employment profile of 1999-2000 college graduates and their employers.
"The economic prosperity of our province depends on having an educated and skilled workforce," said Cunningham. "This profile shows that colleges are doing a good job of preparing students for the workplace and that a college education can lead to a good career."

The employment report, which profiles 1999-2000 college graduates, shows:
- 91 per cent of graduates who sought work were working, an increase of
1 per cent over the previous year;
- 91 per cent of employers were very satisfied or satisfied with the
quality of education employees received at college, a rating that
remained the same; and
- more than 82 per cent of graduates were very satisfied or satisfied
with the education they received, an increase of 2 per cent over last
year's survey.

More than 33,700 graduates and 7,700 employers took part in the survey for the 1999-2000 Employment Profile.
The Employment Profile is part of the government's commitment to measure and publish job placement results for all college and university programs. For the first time, the government will issue annual reports on the performance of the entire system, including employment rates for university graduates.

Examples of employment rates and average salaries for specific programs
show:
- 97.6 per cent of graduates of dental hygiene programs are employed and
earning an average salary of $54,688;
- 96.2 per cent of electrical engineering technology graduates are
employed and earning an average salary of $37,040;
- 98.2 per cent of instrumentation engineering technology graduates are
employed with an average salary of $35,761;
- 95.5 per cent of medical imaging technology graduates are employed and
earning an average salary of $36,777; and
- 93.7 per cent of business marketing graduates are employed and earning
an average salary of $28,838.

"Students and parents deserve a clear picture of the ability of our colleges and universities to successfully prepare graduates for jobs - and this report is the tool that does just that," Cunningham said. "By publicizing the profile of college graduates, we are giving students the information they need to make informed choices for the future."
The full study is available on the ministry's website at www.edu.gov.on.ca

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January 4, 2002

The government collects key performance indicators (KPI) that show how each postsecondary institution is performing in key areas such as the percentage of students who graduate and go on to employment in their areas of study, the levels of student and employer satisfaction and graduation rates for universities and colleges. The following chart shows KPI results for Ontario colleges.

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KPI Results Collected in 2000-01
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Colleges % Graduate % Graduate % Employer % Student
Employment Satisfaction Satisfaction Satisfaction
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Algonquin 92.7 82.8 90.9 74.3
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Boréal 87.8 80.2 96.2 74.2
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Cambrian 86.5 82.5 92.8 75.3
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Canadore 88.2 85.5 93.9 75.1
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Centennial 87.8 79.2 90.2 76.6
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La Cité 91.4 77.7 89.1 65.2
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Conestoga 92.4 85.9 91.6 81.1
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Confederation 89.3 85 89.6 79.7
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Durham 94.1 82.7 90.8 79.9
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Fanshawe 92.4 84.1 91 74.5
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George Brown 89.6 79.9 89.3 64.8
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Georgian 94.1 85.5 88.4 73.1
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Grands Lacs N/A 61.9 N/A 54.2
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Humber 92.2 85.5 91 74.4
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Lambton 88.9 81.7 94.2 78.7
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Loyalist 92.1 83.7 82.3 76.5
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Mohawk 93.2 84.5 92.4 71.3
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Niagara 90.2 81.5 90.8 88.3
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Northern 81.7 81.1 92.3 73.1
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St. Clair 92.5 85 89.9 70.9
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St. Lawrence 92.3 85.3 93.1 70.7
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Sault 88.1 81.8 85.1 73.3
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Seneca 88.5 79.3 92.4 78.2
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Sheridan 92.6 81.1 92 72
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Sir Sandford
Fleming 88.5 83.6 91.1 79.6
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Provincial Average 91 82.6 90.9 74.9
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For more information visit www.edu.gov.on.ca
For further information: Dave Ross, Minister's Office, (416) 326-1625; Tanya Cholakov, Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, (416) 325-7526