Candidates Urged to Support the Expansion of Degree Programs at Colleges
May 23, 2018 | Canadore College
(NORTH BAY, ONT.) – Candidates in the 2018 election must commit to providing Ontario’s colleges with the autonomy to meet the needs of students and employers including the development of cutting-edge programs for the new economy, including an expansion of career-specific degree programs at colleges.
“Our economy needs more graduates with the professional and technical expertise to harness meaningful careers,” said George Burton, president
Burton and his provincial colleagues say that Ontario needs a streamlined and effective system for developing new college programs, which would include the expansion of the colleges’ highly successful four-year degree programs and the development of career-specific three-year degree programs.
These reforms will be pivotal to Ontario’s efforts to produce a more highly-qualified workforce as artificial intelligence and robotics continue to revolutionize the workplace rapidly.
It’s estimated more than 40
Public colleges have implemented new programs that respond to today’s innovations including, where permitted, four-year degree programs in areas such as industrial design, digital animation
Ontario needs to set clear provincial standards that give colleges the autonomy to create programs to meet those standards. This would include the creation of career-specific three-year degree programs and possible new credentials in areas such as apprenticeship training.
“Today’s college education has to be able to align with the realities of our new economy,” said Burton. “We need the flexibility to quickly and effectively design cutting-edge programs that help more people pursue rewarding careers.”
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