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Human Resources and Social Development Canada in partnership with the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation commissioned R.A. Malatest & Associates Ltd. to conduct the "Survey of Canadian Career College Students". The National Association of Career Colleges supported this research through the provision of in-kind assistance. The research, conducted in three phases, began with a survey of private career colleges (Institutional Survey) to ascertain the number of institutions and students eligible to participate in the "Survey of Canadian Career College Students". An in-school survey was then conducted with students enrolled in eligible programs in private career colleges throughout Canada. The in-school student survey will be followed up with a graduate outcomes survey to determine outcomes associated with participation in the private post-secondary educational system. This report focuses on the findings of the in-school survey of students of private career colleges (Phase II). The findings of the Institutional Survey can be found under a separate report entitled: "Survey of Canadian Career College Students Phase I: Institutional Survey". Findings from the Graduate Outcomes Survey will be published under a third report: the "Survey of Canadian Career College Students Phase III: Graduate Outcomes Survey". Research findings showed that a high proportion of the students entering the private system are female (72%). Students tend to be older in age (mean age=29) and thus more likely to have dependants under the age of 18 (34%). Students are commonly single (75%), although 33% are currently or have been married. Just under one in six (15%) are single parents. Private career college students' preferred educational route appears to be college, either private (80%: current 72% or another private 8% institution) or public (12%). Among students surveyed, approximately three-quarters (72%) indicated that that their current private career college was their institution of choice. Few (8%) students indicated that they would have preferred to attend university rather than their current private career college. Students are commonly drawing upon the Canada Student Loans system or other government assistance to fund their private career college education. Appendices include: (1) Participating Institutions; and (2) Survey Instrument. (Contains 40 tables and 23 figures.) [This paper was produced by The Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation. For the Phase I report, see ED514951.]

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Surveys, Vocational Schools, College Students, Private Colleges, Proprietary Schools, Student Characteristics, College Choice, College Programs, Paying for College, Debt (Financial), Satisfaction, Student Educational Objectives, Profiles

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