Back To School – Back To College
The average college student isn’t who you think they are. In fact, they may look a lot like you.
It’s a common misconception that college classrooms are filled with fresh-faced 17 and 18-year-olds, newly minted with high school diplomas and rolling in off their care-free days of summer. In actuality, over 60% of college students don’t attend directly out of high school and are embarking on a college education a little later in life – often after pursuing an education or career path that just didn’t feel quite right.
For example, for those already in the workforce looking to advance their skills or to start fresh in a new career, college programs equate to much-needed flexibility. With continuous intakes, part-time and online study options and programs of various lengths, balancing course workload with responsibilities or family life suddenly becomes entirely possible.
Students with previous postsecondary experience make up another significant segment of the college classroom, at roughly 13 percent. Many are looking to benefit from a career-focused approach to education. Led by instructors with industry expertise, and with co-op and work study opportunities built right in, students gain hands-on training and real-world experience both in the classroom and on the job. They’re also instantly connected to a network of community and industry contacts, which can lead to meaningful employment right after graduation.
That’s only the beginning. If you’re someone looking for a fresh start or you want to build on the education or job skills you already have, it’s time to start exploring all that college has to offer. More than ever, we’re discovering that education is a lifelong journey, and Ontario’s colleges can play a key part in your experience – helping you work toward the career – and the life – you’re looking for.