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Ontario Colleges:
Programs, Pathways, Possibilities
Peter Meehan, Chair,
School of Liberal Arts and Academic Partnerships
...
College Programs
Wide variety of programs, all tied to industry or
a particular sector:
 Applied Arts (animation, broadca...
College Programs
Wide variety of programs, all tied to industry or a
particular sector:
 Information Technology (computer...
College Programs
Wide range of credentials

One year (two semesters) certificate;
Two year (four semesters) diploma;
Three...
Pathways to College
Admission Requirements:
 Ontario Secondary School Diploma;
 College preparation (“C”) courses for di...
Pathways to College
 Dual Credits/Specialist High Skills Major;
 Foundation programs – enhance skills, build
confidence ...
Pathways to College
 Importance of selecting the “right” course to
provide the best preparation for a particular
program ...
Pathways from College – the
Possibilities

 Employment – program connection to industry results in
strong graduate employ...
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  1. 1. Ontario Colleges: Programs, Pathways, Possibilities Peter Meehan, Chair, School of Liberal Arts and Academic Partnerships Seneca College
  2. 2. College Programs Wide variety of programs, all tied to industry or a particular sector:  Applied Arts (animation, broadcasting, media arts, photography, music)  Business (accounting, marketing, financial services, international business)  Health, community and human services (practical nursing, social service worker, early childhood education, tourism)
  3. 3. College Programs Wide variety of programs, all tied to industry or a particular sector:  Information Technology (computer programming and analysis, software development, information security, communications technology);  Applied Science and Engineering Technology (biotechnology, civil engineering technology, aviation, environmental science);  Coop /field placement/internship opportunities.
  4. 4. College Programs Wide range of credentials One year (two semesters) certificate; Two year (four semesters) diploma; Three year (six semesters) advanced diploma; Four year (eight semesters) college degree; One year (two or three semesters) Ontario Graduate certificate;  Coop Apprenticeship Diploma;  Pre-apprenticeship;  Industry/sector certifications (standalone or embedded)     
  5. 5. Pathways to College Admission Requirements:  Ontario Secondary School Diploma;  College preparation (“C”) courses for diplomas and certificates;  “U” courses, “M” (University/College) credits;  Degree programs require six Grade 12 “U” level credits with a minimum of 65%;  English;  Mathematics;  Program specific requirements
  6. 6. Pathways to College  Dual Credits/Specialist High Skills Major;  Foundation programs – enhance skills, build confidence and explore programs/careers.  Importance of Learning Skills;  Importance of deep understanding of “foundational concepts and skills” for success in a college program – the big “disconnect”.
  7. 7. Pathways to College  Importance of selecting the “right” course to provide the best preparation for a particular program (College Mathematics Project report);  Don’t underestimate the “fit” between the learning environment and the learner;  Graduate certificates- why university grads flock to colleges;
  8. 8. Pathways from College – the Possibilities  Employment – program connection to industry results in strong graduate employment rates;  Industry Accreditation and Certification = industry recognition;  Coop, field placement and internships = employment advantage;  Articulation into degree programs – university and college degrees (B.A. and B. Sc. - e.g. Liberal Arts program York, U of T, Trent), Chemistry and Biotechnology (University of Guelph), Engineering (Lakehead).

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