At your high schoolAt college or online Visit your school guidance office Talk to your subject teachers Use Career Cruising or other tools Do an informational interview with someone in a job you’re considering Visit a college Ask for help at college career centres Talk to students and faculty AND if you decide to change your program, don’t despair. Some of your credits could transfer to a new program
Many programs Programs in high demand Most college programs require college level Math and English Some programs do not require high averages as they are not in demand Many students find taking a college program they enjoy results in higher marks! If a program is oversubscribed, marks will be important, but other testing may play a role You could choose to take a fundamentals course to prepare for a program where there are more applicants than spots.
Certificates and Diplomas Part Time Studies One year certificates available (ie, Small Engines) One year certificates can ladder you into two and three year programs (ie, Environmental techniques leads to technician, then technologist ) Most college programs are 2 or 3 years You can take certificates course by course in the evenings (ie,animal care worker) You can take training like bartending or emergency services communications part time
StructureChoices No common hours; you could start class at 10 am or 3 pm Most students in class for 20 hours/week You are often in hands on labs or out on coop Most programs require Communications which is an applied English You choose a timetable electronically You are studying courses related to your major ( no more science if you are in design!) Students are treated as adults responsible for their own learning—it’s a different world!
In your communityChoices Georgian College has campuses in Barrie, Orillia, Owen Sound, Midland, Muskoka, Orangeville, Collingwood You could drive to a campus and still live at home Georgian offers certificates, diplomas, trades training, degrees and university programming Online courses possible Part time studies
The employment marketA new reality For your parents, it may have been possible to get a good job with a high school diploma Now studies show that 70-80% of jobs require post secondary education in some form Post secondary education is an investment in your future, giving you more opportunity to make more money Colleges provide support and awards for first generation students
SupportsKey points Colleges have staff and services for students with learning and other disabilities Includes testing accommodations, note takers, software Disability specialists set up programs for students A college student must disclose his/her disability and provide documentation Colleges do not modify the learning outcomes of a program 12% of students at all Georgian locations use these services!
TrueHowever… Colleges have an application deadline of February 1 All students are considered equally then Some programs will fill immediately Some examples: firefighting and nursing BUT..colleges continue to accept applications after Feb 1on a first come first served basis up until classes start Many programs do not fill immediately Check ontariocolleges.ca for program vacancy
Don’t worryBut do your research A college class size ranges from 30 to 60 students Some labs mean you will be one of 20 You will be with many classmates for several of your core classes College campuses are larger than high school and can be overwhelming, but you will find your way around with time Make sure you visit a campus to see if it’s a good fit for you
Tuition costsThink about this Tuition is about $2000 a year for the average college program You will need to pay for books, student fees and supplies, so look at $4000 a year Some programs have higher tuition One of the biggest costs is housing, so stay at home if you can Remember there are lots of awards available and the Ontario Student Assistance Program may be your answer