Why Choose a Career College

For many, the fall season means “back to school.” If you’re considering pursuing post-secondary education in Ontario, there is a sea of high-quality choices in front of you. While most are familiar with the functioning of universities and community colleges, you might be surprised at what career colleges have to offer.
Career colleges have been providing quality post-secondary education in Ontario for over 145 years. Now with over 600 schools across the province and a variety of program offerings, it’s no wonder that every year more than 60,000 students in Ontario choose to attend a career college. 
Here are the top 6 reasons a career college might be the right fit for you:
  1. Variety of career specific programs
    With programs ranging from computer technology to personal support worker, from policing to hair styling, and from massage therapy to paralegal, there is something for everyone no matter which career path you choose.
  2. Shorter duration
    The length of Career College programs range from a couple months to under two years with an average duration of 9 months, getting you into the career you choose quickly.
  3. Continuous  intake
    If you’re not ready to start classes in September, career colleges programs have start dates year-round. Many schools even offer programs with monthly intakes, so you can decide what timing works best for you.
  4. Age range
    Although some choose to attend a career college directly out of high school, the average age of a career college student is 27 and 30% are over the age of 35. The variety of age groups ensures you’ll fit in no matter what the date on your birth certificate reads.
  5. Smaller class sizes
    Due to small annual enrolments and continuous intakes, student-teacher ratios are very low allowing for more personalized instruction.
  6. Close to home
    There’s no need for long commutes! With over 600 Career College campuses dotted across the province in small, medium, and large communities, there is likely a school just down the street from where you live.
If you think a career college is the right fit for you, find a CCO member Career College near you by accessing our college search website at



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