Jan. 16, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The results of the annual survey of New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) graduates were released today by Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault.
"The employment rate for the graduating class of 2007 is the highest ever recorded, with 92 per cent of graduates working a year after their graduation, compared to a 91 per cent employment rate for the 2006 graduates," said Arseneault. "These results are a testament to the excellent level of instruction delivered at our community colleges. They also show the relevance of the courses offered as we move forward with the implementation of our action plan on post-secondary education, Be Inspired. Be Ready. Be Better."
The level of employment related to training increased to 85 per cent in the 2008 reference week, up one percentage point from the previous year. The percentage of employed graduates working in New Brunswick increased to 90 per cent in 2008, up three percentage points from 2007.
"The survey serves as an excellent tool for students considering the programs offered at NBCC, and can be an important part of their decision-making process," said Arseneault. "Our community colleges continue to play an important role in preparing New Brunswickers for today and for tomorrow's economy, and in helping our province to be self-sufficient by 2026."
The annual survey collects information from graduates of regular and non-regular training programs about one year following graduation. In 2008, 1,999 graduates were interviewed between June and September. The results are representative of a 70 per cent response rate. The survey was undertaken by Market Quest Research Group Inc., an independent research company.
The Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour uses the survey data to assist in planning programs offered by NBCC. The information is also used by career and guidance counsellors and other employment professionals. The graduate follow-up surveys have been conducted since 1983.
The survey results are available online at www.gnb.ca/labour.
MEDIA CONTACT: Marie-Josée Groulx, Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-453-2568