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Why Career Colleges are Becoming More Popular

16 APR 2014
Career Path : Career

Today’s labour market has become highly competitive. More and more jobs are requiring post-secondary training of one kind or another, and the proper training doesn’t always seem available to everyone. If you’re considering pursuing post-secondary education, there is a sea of high-quality choices available to 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 for over 145 years. Several educational articles are reporting that career colleges across Canada have experienced growth and a surge in popularity in the last few years, which isn’t surprising when you consider certain factors.

Shorter duration

The length of a Career College program ranges from a couple months to two years or more. The average duration is nine months, which gets you into the workforce as a trained professional quickly and efficiently.


Many schools will work with you to develop learning opportunities that fit your schedule. Some courses can be offered on weekends and evenings, or you can choose an accelerated program that allows you to graduate more quickly.

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, Career Colleges offer a wide variety of technical formations. This means there’s something from everyone, regardless of the career path you’re interested in.

Start dates are year-round

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.

Smaller class sizes

Due to multiples start dates, student-teacher ratios per class are much lower than at the university level. This allows for more personalized instruction and easier access to the instructor’s time.

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. Around 30% of students are over the age of 35. The variety of age groups promotes diversity and ensures you’ll fit in.

Close to home

There’s no need for long commutes! Career College campuses are located across the country in small, medium and large communities. The nearest school is likely closer than you think. Consult Canadian college directories to locate the school closest to you!

Career Placement Assistance

Your degree is usually guaranteed to end with an internship, and placement coordinators will work closely with you in preparing resumes, conducting job searches and finding employment after graduation.

The secret to career colleges’ success these last few years has been simple: They’ve adopted a student-oriented approach. If you list your school’s total number of enrolled students and compare it with the local university, the total student body will seem small, but once you visit these colleges, you’ll notice how friendly and relaxed they are. Moreover, once you’ve made the commitment to your training, the college becomes as concerned with your success as you are, as it wants you to go on to have a successful career.