What is a career college?

Career colleges are post-secondary institutions that provide hands-on, career-specific training to accumulatively over 60,000 Ontarians every year. Career colleges receive no direct operational funding from the government.


How does a career college differ from other post-secondary institutions?

Career colleges offer small class sizes, year-round start dates, flexible timetabling, and intensive career-focused training in often just a matter of months.


What types of programs are offered at career colleges?

The province’s 600 career colleges offer more than 5,000 programs, which range from trades training and business to healthcare and computer technology. A full list of colleges and programs can be accessed on the Service Ontario website at www.ontario.ca/pcc. You can also search for programs offered at CCO member colleges through the website www.ontariocollegesearch.com


How can I find out if the career college I’m interested in is registered?

The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities is the government body responsible for registering and regulating the province’s career colleges. You can access a full list of registered career colleges on the Service Ontario website and you can contact Career Colleges Ontario at info@careercollegesontario.ca to see if they‘re a member in good standing. 


How can I afford to go back to school?

Career college students use a variety of funding sources including personal funds, Second Career funding, WSIB sponsorship, and government sponsored student loans (OSAP). Get in touch with a representative at a career college to find out more about financial options. 


Am I too old to go back to school?

You’re never too old to go back to school! While some students enter a career college directly out of high school, the average age of a career college student is 27 and over 30 per cent are over the age of 35. 


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