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By Lisa Whitaker
College education is helping students find jobs and statistics are proving it.
Dianne Cunningham, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities announced yesterday that nine out of 10 college graduates had found work within six months of graduation.
The 1998 employment results were derived from more than 31,500 college graduates who took part in the employment survey. The provincial employment average is 89 per cent, however some colleges rate higher, said Kerry Delaney, the Ministry's spokesperson.
Emily Marcoccia, manager of marketing and communications at Fanshawe College said in 1998 the college had a 92 per cent employment rate. Graduates of the health sciences and technology programs experienced the highest rate of employment, she added.
The post-graduate programs have an even slightly higher employment rate at 95 per cent. "The number of students coming to college with some university education increases each year," Marcoccia said.
"I think it is really beneficial to students, advisors and parents," she said of the results.
Marcoccia added Fanshawe has built a strong employer base and said the average starting salary for a college graduate is $26,000.
As for Western, VP-academic Greg Moran said in a 1996 provincial survey for universities, 93 per cent of Western students were employed within six months and 98 per cent were employed within two years. In both cases, the university was above the provincial average, he said.
The recent university employment results have been available since May of last year, he added. Since the results for all universities are now available online, it allows the schools to be compared with one another in terms of employment after graduation, Moran said.
"I'm always in favour of information made available," he said, cautioning students should be wary in solely using data such as this to determine where and what kind of institution they choose. "I wouldn't want students to base their decisions on this data."
Shain Remtulla, a second-year engineering student, said despite the statistics, he was pleased with his post-secondary education at the university level. "I've never considered going to college after university."
However, Dorey Livneh, a fifth-year engineering student, did not shun the idea of college altogether. "I've considered college for music recording."