Monday, November 12, 2012

National Academy turns 33; named "Best Career College"

National Academy celebrates 33rd Anniversary, accepts recognition of Best Career College
National Academy celebrated its 33rd anniversary as a Private Career College, one of Canada’s oldest and most trusted, while also accepting the Reader’s Choice Gold Award for Best Career School.  This recognition is the latest in the history of a school that has been recognized for its outstanding education, personable and experienced staff & faculty and ample employment prospects for its graduates.

National Academy, with both a Mississauga and Hamilton campus, offers a range of specialized Diploma programs in Healthcare, Business and Law.  Students enjoy hands-on, instructor-led training, blended with a rich history of a successful culture that gives its graduates a jump start into their career.  Their recipe for success involves small classes, job placements and instructors with real-world experience.  Within just a few minutes of visiting a National Academy campus, it’s evident that they are committed to your success and career goals.

Unlike traditional educational institutions, National Academy focuses on applied learning.  The student experience is interactive, intimate and accountable.  Students are prepared for success throughout their program, known on a first name basis and guided towards success.  The university and college system focus on student volume, while National Academy is focused on student success.  With class sizes under 20 (not 200) and hands-on training versus strictly theoretical, it is clear that National Academy sets a new benchmark in the education industry.

“Our success is our students and the graduates that we prepare for employment” explains Mark Harrington, President of National Academy.  “From our industry-low OSAP default rate (meaning that graduates get jobs and pay back their OSAP) to the experience that our faculty shares with our students in the classroom, we are proud of what we’ve built and the opportunities that our students and graduates have.  The recognition of Best Career College is a tribute to our staff and students.” he adds.

OSAP Defaults gage the success of a school’s graduates through its ability to repay their student loans.  In logic, a working graduate is able to repay their student loan without default.  National Academy, for the 3rd year in a row, came in at 7.8% (92.2% re-payment) – significantly better than the average of all private career colleges (15.2%, 84.8% re-payment) and community colleges such as Sheridan College and Mohawk College (10.5% Default, 89.5% re-payment).

With innovative Diploma programs, including Medical Lab Technician, Intra-Oral Dental Assistant and Police Foundations, National Academy offers more than 15 Diploma programs in Healthcare, Business and Law. 

About National Academy
The National Academy of Health & Business is a leading Career College with campuses in Mississauga and Hamilton. National Academy has been training individuals for careers in Healthcare, Business and Law Enforcement for over 30 years.
Press details can be confirmed through
Jason Johnston
National Academy of Health & Business
Phone and email:
Mississauga: 1.888.306.0991
Hamilton: 1.888.446.4649

Thursday, October 25, 2012

triOS College receives CSCSC Accreditation

triOS Supply Chain Programs Meet Rigorous Standards to Achieve Accreditation from the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council
Mississauga, ON – As a testament to the calibre of the curriculum, triOS College Supply Chain & Logistics programs have been accredited by the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council (CSCSC) through its National Accreditation Program (the NAP). The accreditation is only granted when educational institutions meet rigorous criteria set by the Council's national standard.
“The Council is pleased that triOS has successfully completed accreditation of two of its programs. Development and implementation of new curriculum offerings by learning system providers will help to meet increasingly complex and demanding skill and knowledge requirements in our sector. The impact of triOS graduates on employers and the sector will be watched with enthusiasm,” said Kevin Maynard, Executive Director of the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council.
The Council’s standards for accreditation were created with significant input from supply chain sector stakeholders. The standards are based on national and international best practices and principles. The criteria for obtaining accreditation include program design, development, delivery, and student evaluation. As an accredited program, the Supply Chain & Logistics course offered at triOS College has shown that it meets all of those standards.
“We are elated to have our Supply Chain & Logistics program accredited,” said Wendy Churchill, Director of Academic and Employment Services. “The program was developed to meet industry demand for skilled employees in this sector. Achieving this accreditation is a monumental accomplishment and will help our graduates secure excellent careers in the supply chain sector.”
This noteworthy accreditation adds to the numerous highlights of both programs, Supply Chain and Logistics + Internship and Supply Chain and Logistics. The highlights include: Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA) Certification, Supply Chain & Logistics Association Canada (SCL/CAL) membership and an internship component. The accreditation from the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council was granted in October 2012 and is effective for three years.

About triOS College
Since its inception in 1992, triOS has prepared over 20,000 job-ready graduates for rewarding careers. triOS is the proud recipient of numerous distinctions including being named one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies two years in a row. The college offers a career-focused approach to education enabling graduates to start careers in business, technology, healthcare, and law. Students receive real-world experience from internship placements included in most programs. triOS has campus locations across Southern Ontario including: Windsor, London, Kitchener, Hamilton, Mississauga, Brampton, Toronto, Scarborough and Oshawa. triOS College is registered as a Private Career College under the Private Career Colleges Act of Ontario. More information about triOS College may be found at

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Is a Career College right for you?

Is a Career College right for you?
by Alix Matthews-Mahe - Media Communications Coordinator
Ontario Association of Career Colleges

For many, the month of September means “back to school.” If you’re considering pursuing post-secondary education in Ontario, there is a sea of high-quality choices available to you. While most are familiar with the functioning of universities and community colleges, you might be surprised at what career colleges have to offer.

Career colleges have been providing quality post-secondary education in Ontario for over 140 years. Now with over 600 campus locations across the province and a variety of program offerings, it’s no wonder that every year more than 60,000 students in Ontario choose to attend a career college. 

Here are 6 reasons a career college might be the right fit for you:

1.  Variety of career specific programs
With programs ranging from computer technology to personal support worker; policing to hair styling; and massage therapy to paralegal, there is something for everyone no matter which career path you are interested in.
2.  Shorter duration
The length of career college programs range from a few months to under two years with an average duration of 9 months, getting you into the career you choose quickly.
3.  Continuous  intake
If you’re not ready to start classes in September, career college programs have start dates year-round. Many schools even offer programs with monthly intakes, so you can decide what timing works best for you.
4.  Age range
Although some choose to attend a career college directly out of high school, the average age of a career college student is 27 and 30 per cent are over the age of 35. The variety of age groups ensures you’ll fit in no matter what the date on your birth certificate reads.
5.  Smaller class sizes
Due to small annual enrolments and continuous intakes, student-teacher ratios are very low allowing for more personalized instruction.
6.  Close to home
There’s no need for long commutes! With over 600 career college campuses dotted across the province in small, medium, and large communities, there is likely a career college just down the street from where you live.
If you think a career college is the right fit for you, find a registered career college near you by using the Service Ontario website. Book a college tour to get a feel for what it would be like going back to school at an Ontario career college.
Established in 1973, the Ontario Association of Career Colleges is a provincial voice for career colleges. OACC has over 280 members who contribute to the province's economy by training a majority of the 60,000 students who enroll in career colleges annually in hundreds of essential, skilled fields. Visit our website at or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Learning during the leisurely days of summer, at your leisure.

Summer Learning, Summer Fun!
Just a few more weeks and on comes the heat. This is a time to enjoy longer days and enjoy activities such as swimming, sunbathing, picnics and barbeques. For most people there are four long weekends in the summertime. With this extra down time, it is also a good time to take a course. A course for professional development or a course for general interest or perhaps both, but with this extra time you can effortlessly gain new knowledge and skills.
Granton Tech offers a variety of interesting courses to fulfill your quest for knowledge. Perhaps your desire is to write articles or the novel you’ve always considered. Courses in Creative Writing, Fiction and Story writing or Article Writing could help get you started.
While you bask in the sun in a Muskoka chair or a hammock, you could be reading your resource books and/or preparing to submit an assignment from your laptop. Learning during the leisurely days of summer, at your leisure, in the shade or in the sun can be great fun!
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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Open Letter from a Student: Access Business College

Start a second career with 
Access Business College:
An Open Letter from a Student.

My name is Sherika Alexander and I’m a single mother of four.

Before enrolling at Access Business College, I was a manager at McDonalds located in the Jane and Finch area, a neighbourhood well known for often being in the news.

One day I was called into the store manager’s office, and handed a pink slip saying I was being laid off. I was a responsible, hard-working and reliable employee, but couldn’t escape the employee cuts. Right away, my world turned upside down.

After losing my job I lost my husband because I was unable to help provide for our family and I ended up in a shelter. One day, I decided to drop off resumes at the Jane and Finch Mall and came across the JVS Toronto career centre. I went in to browse the job posting board and came across a flyer about second career opportunities for laid off employees. I took the flyer and went on to the government website to research more about the Second Career Ontario Education Program and the education institutions that support it.

I called community colleges and lots of private colleges. One of the colleges I called was Access Business College. I spoke with the director and explained my situation. She invited me to come to the school and sit in on some of the classes to get an idea of the environment and teaching style the school embraces.

When I arrived, teachers and students knew me by name and that alone made me feel welcome. After my visit, and doing all of the paper work for second careers, I enrolled at Access Business College. The knowledgeable teaching staff and very structured business administration diploma program prepared me for my second career. Six months before graduation I was taught how to compose a customized resume for each position, a cover letter and interview techniques. Upon graduation I was prepared for my job search.

I want to thank Access Business College for providing some of the best teachers to help me with questions and concerns and for the one-on-one discussions. I want to thank the government for putting the second career program in place so that laid off employees like myself can go back to school not only to make a difference in my life but also my kids. If it was not for the second career program I would not have been able to afford to go back to school and receive my diploma. Thank you for supporting the adult education and students in putting our best foot forward in accomplishing our dreams.
-Sherika Alexander
Access Business College Graduate

Access Business College provides post-secondary and mature students with the tools necessary to succeed in business, arts and design programs. Whether you lost your job or looking to embark on a new career path, the college continues to strive to be the best second career college in Toronto. For information about programs offered at Access Business College and to learn more about government funding, please visit or call 416 510 2739.

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