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St. Lawrence College Scores High Marks In Graduate Survey

By Bob Peters
April 19, 2012

St. Lawrence CollegeSt. Lawrence College continues to score high marks when it comes to preparing graduates for the workforce.

New data released this week shows that 87.9 % of most recent St. Lawrence College graduates have found work within six months of graduation. This figure is well ahead of the provincial rate of 83 per cent.

Since 1998, colleges have been mandated by the Ontario government to collect and report performance data in five areas – graduate satisfaction, student satisfaction, employer satisfaction, employment rate, and graduation rate. Gathered by an independent research company, these Key Performance Indicators (KPI) show that Ontario’s colleges achieve consistently high results when measured by students, graduates and employers.

The KPI data also found that 92.3 % of employers were satisfied or very satisfied with the quality of the educational preparation of the St. Lawrence College graduates they hired.

St. Lawrence College combines academic education with in-demand skills training, delivered by a faculty of experienced industry professionals, with 81.3 % of graduates satisfied with their college education.

"We are committed to the success of our students, and the employment and satisfaction data of our graduates reflects this,” said Don Fairweather, Dean of the Cornwall Campus of St. Lawrence College.

The positive KPI results build on a period of growth and rejuvenation at the Cornwall Campus, which has recently undergone a $14-million upgrade. The improvements to Moulinette Hall include new paramedic, computer, chemistry and physics labs, a nursing simulation lab, new mechanical (HVAC) and electrical systems and a new student and customer service area.The City of Cornwall has donated $1 million to the project, which also received a Government of Canada investment of $5 million through the Knowledge Infrastructure Program (KIP) and a Government of Ontario investment of $5 million. A $4.5-million fundraiser is also being spearheaded by the St. Lawrence College Foundation.

St. Lawrence College offers a variety full and part-time employer-needs based programs in Applied Arts, Business, Health Sciences, Human Studies, Technology and Trades. Enrolment at the Cornwall campus continues to soar with over 1100 students currently engaged in full-time studies. Over the past 10 years, the Cornwall campus has seen a 46% increase in enrollment.

For more info on St. Lawrence College, please visit www.StLawrenceCollege.ca.

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