Established in 1967 in Ontario, the Georgian College of Canada is the first college designated with a Changemaker Campus by Ashoka U for its role as a leader in social innovation and changemaking in higher education. Its vision to accelerate success through exceptional teaching, learning, innovation and partnerships has helped it to lead its way towards being the number one college in graduate employment in Ontario with 87.3 percent of its graduates finding work within six months, according to 2016-17 Key Performance Indicators and an impressive 90.2 percent employer satisfaction.
It was accredited as Ontario’s number one co-op college and a recognized leader in student work experience with emphasized, practical & hands-on learning, highest percentage of students enrolled in a co-op program (52 percent), highest percentage of students enrolled in a mandatory co-op program, 6200 employer partners and the first Ontario college with programs certified by the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education.
The Georgian College in Canada provides academic pursuit options with more than 125 courses and programs amongst 13 different academic areas such as Automotive Business, Business and Management, Community Safety, Computer Studies, Design and Visual Arts, Engineering and Environmental Technologies, Health, Wellness and Sciences, Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation, Human Services, Indigenous Studies, Liberal Arts, Marine Studies and Skilled Trades. Such a vast scope of excelling in academics helps the potential students sincerely study in Canada.
With a whopping 72000 Georgian alumni, 11000 full-time students and more than 1,600 international students from 60 countries, Georgian College’s finesse is spread across seven amazing campuses, namely Barrie, Midland, Muskoka (Bracebridge), Orangeville, Orillia, Owen Sound, and South Georgian Bay (Collingwood). These many numbers of campuses provide a sense of geographical convenience to the students to study in Ontario in a campus that suits their needs.
The following statistics are from a study based on fiscal year 2016-17, conducted by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI):
The total annual impact of Georgian College is an incredible $1.2 billion, with approximately $970 million being through the impact of alumni, operations spending impact resulting in $166 million and student spending impact resulting in $26 million. Such a tremendous impact amounts to around 5.3 percent of the regions’ total gross regional product (GRP), or roughly 12,786 jobs supported. There is a $15.40 return for every tax dollar invested in Georgian. Students will receive a return of $5.10 in higher future earnings for every dollar they invest in their education at Georgian.
The Georgian College boasts skilled and knowledgeable faculties having industrial experience. The average class capacity is of 26 students. It has Career and Employment Community Services locations in Barrie, Orillia and Orangeville and on-campus residences in Barrie, Orillia and Owen Sound with a variety of off-campus housing options, Indigenous Resource Centres in Barrie, Midland, Orillia and Owen Sound. Moreover, it has approximately a staff and faculty (full- and part-time) of strength of 2600. The college provides with $2.5+ million in bursaries and scholarships available each year. The Power of Education fundraising campaign raises funds for strategic priorities like Advanced Technology, Innovation and Research Centre, awards and scholarships, collaborative learning spaces, entrepreneurship and technology.
The Georgian College is one of the very few colleges in Ontario which ensures that its students graduate with the skills and the mindset required for becoming innovative thinkers and change makers who can transform their workplaces and communities. At Georgian, they work with industry and community partners to offer relevant and cutting-edge curriculum along with quality work placements and co-op experiences with top employers.