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College grads keep getting jobs

An Ontario college education continues to prepare students for success even during difficult economic times.

About 85 per cent of the most recent college graduates found work within six months of graduation according to the latest Key Performance Indicator (KPI) results released today.

"College education and training continues to prepare people for success," says Anne Sado, chair of the colleges' committee of presidents and president of George Brown College. "Even in a worldwide recession, the vast majority of college graduates were being hired."

"I can't imagine a better measure of our success, given the mandate of public colleges," says Linda Franklin, president and CEO of Colleges Ontario which represents Ontario's 24 public colleges. "Colleges were created to provide hands-on, career-focused education to meet the needs of local businesses and industry. Clearly, we are very good at this."

Since 1998, provincial KPI data have been gathered annually by independent research firms for the colleges and the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. The most recent data were collected between March 2009 and February 2010.

At Mohawk, all students have the opportunity to participate in the annual KPI survey. Highlights of KPI results for Mohawk include:

  • Graduate employment rate: 85%

  • Graduate satisfaction rate: 79.6%

  • Employer satisfaction rate: 94.6%

  • Student satisfaction rate: 73.5%