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Helping Students Prepare For Life After High School

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Helping Students Prepare For Life After High School

McGuinty Government Helping Students Turn Their Passion Into A Career

Ministry of Colleges and Universities

More than 9,000 students at 37 high schools across the province will be getting extra help in the classroom to learn about the benefits of postsecondary education and choose a career.

Starting this fall, the new Life After High School program will help Grade 12 students and their families:

  • better understand college, university and apprenticeship options;
  • navigate the application process for OSAP; and  
  • overcome barriers that may discourage students from applying to college, university or apprenticeship.

Helping more students graduate high school and get a postsecondary education or training is part of the McGuinty government's plan to help every student succeed and build a knowledge-based economy for the future.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is investing more than $2.2 million over three years in Life After High School. This includes paying for participants' university or college application fee.
  • The project will be piloted from September 2011 to May 2012 in 37 schools. View a list of all 37 schools.
  • The 2011 Budget - Turning The Corner announced support that will help create places for more than 60,000 additional students in Ontario's colleges and universities by 2015-16.
  • The high school graduation rate has risen from 68 per cent in 2003 to 81 per cent in 2010, an increase of 13 percentage points.

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“We want to make sure students know the benefits of postsecondary education and that every young person in Ontario has an opportunity to find their passion and turn it into a career. Life After High School is an important step in making sure Ontarians have every opportunity to access postsecondary education and training.”

John Milloy

Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities

“Every Ontario student, regardless of their circumstances, deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential in school and in life. By giving students the hands-on help they need to remove barriers to a post-secondary education we are paving their way to a brighter future.”

Leona Dombrowsky

Minister of Education

“We are fortunate to have the opportunity to participate in the Life After High School program. It will help prepare our students for success in the future and succeed in life.”

Cynthia Abernethy

Principal, Monarch Park Collegiate

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