Competition rising for high-demand college programs

October 24, 2016

Programs at Canadian colleges that train students for high-demand jobs are becoming increasingly competitive to enter, writes Paul Attfield for the Globe and Mail. A number of colleges across the country are now reporting that they receive more than 10 applicants for every available seat in an in-demand program. St Lawrence College President Glenn Vollebregt says that one of the key factors behind this trend is students’ desire to secure a good job after graduation. Langara College Associate Vice-President, International and External Development Ajay Patel notes that students are also becoming more aware that “the education they get may be very different than the careers that they evolve themselves into, and so they are becoming much more broad-minded.” In addition, colleges also have a responsibility not to graduate too many students in certain fields in order to avoid unfairly saturating certain labour markets, says Anne Neufeld, provost and vice-president, academic at Saskatchewan Polytechnic. Globe and Mail