What are Career Colleges

What are Career Colleges?

Career colleges are private (both for-profit and not-for-profit) post-secondary institutions that provide career specific, outcome based programs. Graduates of career colleges can earn a diploma or certificate.  
Provincial and federal governments know that the public education and training system - alone - cannot accommodate the entire demand for training. The need for innovative, responsive, effective and cost efficient skills training is increasing. It is important to recognize that private career colleges are well positioned to build our country's capacity for providing access to quality post-secondary education. 
  • By 2022, B.C. is expecting one million job openings in B.C created by retirements and our growing economy.
  • More than 78% of jobs will require some form of post-secondary education, and 43% will needs skilled trades and technical workers.

Career College Facts

  • There are 330 private career colleges in British Columbia 
  • Over 62,000 students enroll annually in British Columbia's career colleges. 
  • Private career colleges contribute approximately 274 Million to the B.C economy in tuition  
  • Approximately 85% of graduates from private institutions said their training met their expectations
  • Approximately 82% of graduates found jobs in their field of study
  • Approximately 25% of graduates were hired before they graduated
  • Approximately 89% of employed graduates secured jobs within eight weeks of completion
  • Approximately 72% of Canadian small and medium enterprises, that hired graduates of private training institutions, were satisfied with the graduates' training compared with 62% satisfaction with university graduates and 59% with public college graduates

What Makes Career Colleges Different?

The educational focus of career colleges is on meeting student need and providing career specific training. The range of programming that a career college offers is as general as business, health care and technology to as specific as travel and welding. Despite the wide variety of programs available, career colleges are unified by the characteristics that set the sector apart:
  • Small class sizes,
  • Intensive training with short duration
  • Flexible timetabling
  • Multiple intakes throughout the year

Who Are Career College Students?

Like the career colleges themselves, the types of students who choose to attend a career college is quite diverse. While some students enter a career college directly out of high school - the average age is approximately 27 - roughly 30% are over the age of 35 and 40% have previously attended a university or community college. Students use a variety of options to fund their course of study including personal funds, Employment Insurance (EI) funds, or government-sponsored student loans (SABC).

Why Choose A Career College?

The demand for highly skilled employees is on the rise and the specific outcome-based nature of the training offered by career colleges ensures that graduates are "job ready" upon graduation.The nature of work today is constantly changing and growing; so too are the needs of employers. Given the inherent flexibility of the career college sector, it is able to adapt quickly and efficiently to the shifting landscape of the career environment.Hence, career colleges not only meet the flexibility needs of the student but are also constantly changing to reflect the demands of the employer and marketplace. 

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