Canadore sees a 5 per cent increase in full-time students for 2013Monday, September 09, 2013 by: Kate Adams
Canadore received 3 per cent more applications this year resulting in a 5 per cent increase in full-time student enrolment over 2012.
“The College is regaining its reputation as a premier education institution,” said Shawn Chorney, Vice-President of Enrolment Management. “We have a great team doing incredible things at Canadore. Our strategic, academic and enrolment management strategies are streamlined towards growth and supporting student success.”
Nearly 3,000 full-time postsecondary and apprenticeship students began classes last week. Over 60 per cent of Canadore’s students relocate to North Bay from 400 communities across Canada and 15 different countries.
Despite the delays in issuing international student visas, nearly 40 more foreign students chose to study at Canadore this fall. Strong participation in employment retraining programs such as Second Career and Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) have also contributed to greater numbers.
“A college education is exactly what is needed to reverse the Ontario skills mismatch,” said George Burton, President of Canadore College. “Canadore is very responsive to industry needs and extremely creative in all that we do. It’s encouraging that students are taking note and choosing to study here.”
Earlier this year, the Conference Board of Canada reported the skills gap costs the province as much as $24.3 billion a year in lost economic activity, and the Ontario government loses $3.7 billion annually in tax revenues.
“Our graduates are being sought out by employers because they have the skills needed in the workplace,” said Burton. “Our teaching styles promote critical thinking and an entrepreneurial spirit. These are the leaders of tomorrow that will grow our economy, create jobs and ensure our future prosperity.”
Canadore’s total regional economic impact exceeds $90 million annually. Each year, student spending contributes about $28 million to the North Bay area.