Jan. 22, 2010.
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The percentage of employed community college graduates who found work in New Brunswick reached a record high in 2009.
Ninety-four per cent of employed graduates from the New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) / Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB) found work in New Brunswick last year, up four percentage points from the previous year.
"I am pleased to see record numbers of graduates finding employment in New Brunswick," said Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault. "These results are a testament to the excellent level of instruction delivered at our community colleges. It also shows the relevance of the courses offered as we move forward with the implementation of Be Inspired. Be Ready. Be Better. The Action Plan to Transform Post-Secondary Education in New Brunswick."
The level of employment related to training in the reference week was 83 per cent in 2009, down two percentage points from the previous year.
The overall employment rate for 2008 graduates was slightly lower with 88 per cent working a year after their graduation, compared to an employment of 92 per cent for the 2007 graduates.
"The survey serves as an excellent tool for students considering the program offerings at NBCC/CCNB and can be an important part of their decision-making," said Arseneault. "Our community colleges continue to play an important role in preparing New Brunswickers for today and tomorrow's economy and 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 2009, 2,211 graduates were interviewed between June and September. The results are representative of a 72-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 to plan programs offered by NBCC/CCNB. The information is also used by career and guidance counsellors and other employment professionals. The NBCC/CCNB graduate follow-up surveys have been conducted since 1983.
MEDIA CONTACT: Lori-Jean Johnson, communications, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 504-476-0542.