In April of 2013, Canadian Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty promised increased government funding of Canadian career colleges and trade schools. The 2013 Canada Job Grant will introduce $500 million to the training and education sector, which will provide students with up to $15,000 in grants to attend those institutions. Unlike the United States—whose government and citizens treat vocational and trade schools like an unwanted stepchild—Canada values their career colleges and realizes the significance of a skilled workforce.
A few options to consider if you’re shopping these schools are included below:
CDI College is a private business school with over 25 campuses throughout Canada. Currently CDI offers 50 diploma and certificate programs, which include areas of study like legal administration, law enforcement, event coordinating, accounting, and paralegal training. CDI provides hands-on training from instructors who are experienced in a variety of trades. In just a few short months, CDI has their students equipped to tackle a fulfilling career.
Vancouver Career College
This training center offers a variety of services for those who are focused on beginning a new career. With six locations throughout Vancouver, VCC offers training programs in fields such as business, health care, education, hospitality and technology. VCC is unique in that the majority of their diploma programs come with an internship or apprenticeship.
Established in 1961, Reeves College is a licensed vocational school with five locations in Alberta, Canada. Reeves offers small class sizes so students get one-on-one time with their instructors in an intimate educational setting. Diploma programs include health care, business, office administration, and accounting. Reeves employs the use of current technologies and has many internship and practicum opportunities.
Visual College of Art & Design (VCAD)
Based in Vancouver, Canada, the Visual College of Art & Design is a modern institution focusing on the creative applied arts. VCAD has a carefully designed curriculum that ensures their students will be fully qualified for the ever changing landscape of new and digital media. With significant ties to the fashion and graphic design industries, VCAD students will work on projects with deadlines to simulate a professional work setting. Diploma programs are offered in the fields of interior, fashion, graphic and web design.
University Canada West
University of Canada West is unique in that their course terms are compressed and flexible, allowing students to complete a four year program in less than two years. UCW realizes that their non-traditional students have families that depend on them and jobs that are necessary to support them. They offer a vast array of undergraduate and graduate degrees, and the small class sizes create a tight-knit relationship between student and professor.