Conestoga "indispensable to local prosperity," report finds

March 6, 2012

A new assessment of Conestoga College's impact on the local community and economy observes that the southwestern Ontario institution "is indispensable to local prosperity and the health and competitiveness of the labour force." Nearly half of the local adult population has enrolled in education or training programs at Conestoga, the report finds. The total number of graduates has risen by 52% since 2002, and 65% of alumni remain in the local community. Continuing education courses are a "powerful" contributor to Conestoga; between 1990 and 2010, there were 706,722 continuing education registrations by nearly 200,000 students. The report notes that Conestoga graduates pump more than $1 billion into the local economy annually. With a growth rate of 42% between 2005-06 and 2010-11, Conestoga is Ontario's fastest growing college, but further expansion is needed for the institution to meet the local economy's needs, the report states. Conestoga News Release | Waterloo Region Record | Report