Preparing Algonquin College Students for the Jobs of Tomorrow
Ontario Investing in Learning to Mark 50th Anniversary of College System
Ontario is helping prepare students at Algonquin College for the job market through an investment in leading-edge technology, equipment and learning spaces.
Premier Kathleen Wynne announced today that Algonquin College in Nepean will receive $2.9 million as part of the province's $50-million investment in Ontario's 24 publicly assisted colleges.
Ontario's one-time investment marks the 50th anniversary of the province's college system. The funding aims to prepare students with the right skills and knowledge for the technology-driven jobs of tomorrow.
In addition to investing in Ontario's colleges, the government is also supporting students through the new Ontario Student Assistance Program, which will provide free average tuition to more than 210,000 students starting this fall. By next year, it is estimated that some 230,000 students receiving OSAP will have less debt.
Investing in postsecondary education is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
- About 220,000 students are enrolled full time at Ontario’s 24 publicly assisted colleges.
- Applications are now open for the new OSAP. Students and their families can use the new online calculator to quickly determine how much financial assistance they could be eligible for.
- In 2015–16, about 84 per cent of Ontario college graduates found work within six months of graduating.
“Fifty years ago, Ontario created the college system based on a vision for a better future for the province’s education system. Today, Ontario’s publicly assisted colleges lead the way when it comes to partnering with business and industry. This investment will help students at Algonquin College prepare for technology-driven jobs, growing the highly skilled workforce that Ontario’s innovation economy relies on.”
“Our government commemorates the growth and evolution of Ontario’s college system, launched by Bill Davis 50 years ago, and the tremendous contribution they have made to our province’s economic growth and vitality. This $50-million investment will provide our students with access to leading-edge equipment and labs that will ensure they have the right skills for a knowledge and technology-driven economy.”
“We are honoured to have Premier Kathleen Wynne visit our Ottawa campus as part of Algonquin’s 50th anniversary celebration. This investment — and 50th Anniversary investments throughout the Ontario College system — clearly show the province is committed to enhancing student learning and creating a highly skilled workforce. On behalf of all our learners and our dedicated employees, I want to personally thank the Premier for this wonderful birthday gift. I know it will be a legacy for the next 50 years and beyond.”