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Different Types of Education Available

There are different types of post-secondary education. For example, you can attend: college, university, continuing education, apprenticeships, and private career colleges. Below is a brief description of some of the different types of education available in Simcoe County. The tuition fee requirement for each of these educational pathways varies greatly. 

 

 

Colleges & UniversitiesColleges & Universities<p>College and university mean different things in different countries. In Canada, colleges and universities offer different types of programs and require different amounts of time to complete. In Simcoe County, there are two colleges and two universities: Georgian College, Collège Boréal, Lakehead University, and Laurentian University.</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>College</strong></span><br style="text-decoration:underline;">Colleges grant certificates or diplomas to students who have completed their studies. If you study full-time, a certificate program may take approximately one year to complete and a diploma may take two to three years. Some colleges offer bachelor degrees in applied areas of study. Generally, colleges provide career-focused programs. Teaching methods at colleges is often described as "hands-on training." </p><p>To learn more about colleges in Ontario visit <a href="http://www.ontariocolleges.ca/" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">www.ontariocolleges.ca </font></a></p><p>To learn more about the colleges in Simcoe County, contact:</p><p><em><span lang="EN" style="color:#444444;font-family:"verdana", "sans-serif";font-size:10pt;">The information listed below was provided by 211 Community Connection.</span></em><span lang="EN" style="color:#444444;font-family:"verdana", "sans-serif";font-size:10pt;"></span></p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-6" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableHeaderRow-6"><th class="ms-rteTableHeaderEvenCol-6" colspan="2" style="width:50%;"><p>Colleges in Simcoe County​ ​</p></th></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-6"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-6" style="width:50%;"><p><strong>Georgian College </strong><strong>​</strong></p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-6" style="width:50%;"><p><strong>Address</strong>:<br>1 Georgian Dr<br>Barrie, ON L4M 3X9</p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-6"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-6" style="width:50%;"><p>​</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-6" style="width:50%;"><p><strong>Phone</strong>: 705-728-1968<br><strong>Email</strong>: inquire@georgianc.on.ca<br><strong>Website</strong>: <a href="http://www.georgiancollege.ca/" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">www.georgiancollege.ca</font></a>​</p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-6"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-6" style="width:50%;"><p><strong>Collège Boréal of Applied Arts and Technology</strong><br>French community college​</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-6" style="width:50%;"><p><strong>Address</strong>:</p><p>136 Bayfield, Suite 100-101             Barrie, ON L4M 3B1</p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-6"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-6" style="width:50%;"><p>​</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-6" style="width:50%;"><p><strong>Phone</strong>: 705-737-9088<br><strong>Toll Free</strong>: 1-800-361-6673<br><strong>Email</strong>: InfoBarrie@collegeboreal.ca<br><strong>Website</strong>: <a href="http://www.collegeboreal.ca/" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">www.collegeboreal.ca</font></a></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>University</strong></span></p><p>Universities grant degrees to students who have completed their studies. From a university you can obtain an undergraduate degree (bachelor's degree), graduate degree (Master's degree) or post-doctorate degree (PhD). Universities tend to have a more traditional style of teaching, which often includes lectures and focus on academic programs. If you study full-time, an undergraduate degree may take three to four years. A Master's degree may require approximately two additional years after completing a bachelor's degree, and a post-graduate degree may take five more years after finishing a Master's degree.</p><p>For a list of universities in Ontario, and a link to each of their websites, visit the Ontario Universities Application Centre’s website, <a href="http://www.ouac.on.ca/unilinks" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">www.ouac.on.ca/unilinks</font></a>. </p><p>To learn more about the universities in Simcoe County, contact: </p><p><em><span lang="EN" style="color:#444444;font-family:"verdana", "sans-serif";font-size:10pt;">The information listed below was provided by 211 Community Connection.</span></em><span lang="EN" style="color:#444444;font-family:"verdana", "sans-serif";font-size:10pt;"></span></p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-6" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableHeaderRow-6"><th class="ms-rteTableHeaderEvenCol-6" colspan="2" style="width:50%;">​ <span style="line-height:115%;font-family:"calibri", "sans-serif";font-size:11pt;"><strong><font color="#000000">Universities in Simcoe County</font></strong></span>​</th></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-6"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-6" style="width:50%;"><p><strong>Lakehead University, Orillia Campus​</strong></p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-6" style="width:50%;"><p><strong>Address</strong>:<br>500 University Ave <br>Orillia, ON L3V 0B9</p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-6"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-6" style="width:50%;"><p>​</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-6" style="width:50%;"><p><strong>Phone</strong>: 705-330-4008<br><strong>Email</strong>: orillia@lakeheadu.ca<br><strong>Website</strong>: <a href="http://www.orillia.lakeheadu.ca/" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">www.orillia.lakeheadu.ca</font></a> ​</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>​</p>
Continuing EducationContinuing Education<p>Continuing education refers to courses designed to help develop knowledge in a specific area of interest; for example, you can take courses in photography or automotive business. Continuing education courses may be offered through local school boards, colleges or universities. You may receive a certificate at the end of a course or series of courses; however, these sources do not lead towards a diploma or degree. Continuing education courses are an opportunity to upgrade your skills and knowledge in a particular area of interest. Continuing education courses do not always require students to have completed a secondary school diploma or equivalent diploma. </p><p>Your <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=484b7e38-2aa2-460a-a430-172adb04c57e&TermSetId=9072d593-bdd3-4146-9084-121d630c8dbd&TermId=a3786a3c-0ef1-422a-be98-3300ae6385a9" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">local libraries</font></a><font color="#0066cc"> </font>can also help you to find information about continuing education opportunities in your community.</p><p>​</p>
ApprenticeshipApprenticeship<p>Apprenticeships are workplace-based training programs. They are an opportunity for you to learn a skilled trade while working. Apprenticeships combine on-the-job training with classroom learning.  The majority of apprenticeship training takes place in the workplace, under the direction of experienced skilled tradespeople. The classroom training usually takes place at a college. </p><p>There are many apprenticeship programs available. In order to work in a certified profession you are required to complete an apprenticeship (see Regulated and Unregulated Professions for more information on certified professions). This includes professions like automotive service technician, plumbing, electrician, and hairstylist. Apprentices become skilled workers once they have acquired the knowledge and skills in a trade or occupation and are certified by a provincial or territorial authority. There are also apprenticeships available for non-certified professions. Skilled workers from other countries may write challenge exams to assess their level of Canadian credentials.  </p><p>To learn more about apprenticeship programs, contact:</p><p> <em><span lang="EN" style="color:#444444;font-family:"verdana", "sans-serif";font-size:10pt;">The information listed below was provided by 211 Community Connection.</span></em><span lang="EN" style="color:#444444;font-family:"verdana", "sans-serif";font-size:10pt;"></span></p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-6" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableHeaderRow-6"><th class="ms-rteTableHeaderEvenCol-6" colspan="2" style="width:50%;">Apprenticeships​ ​</th></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-6"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-6" style="width:50%;"><p><strong>Georgian College, Robbert Hartog Midland Campus., Apprenticeship​</strong></p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-6" style="width:50%;"><p><strong>Address</strong>: <br>649 Prospect Blvd <br>Midland, ON</p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-6"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-6" style="width:50%;"><p>​</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-6" style="width:50%;"><p><strong>Phone</strong>: 705-526-3666<br><strong>Website</strong>: <a href="http://www.georgianc.on.ca/" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">www.georgianc.on.ca</font></a> ​</p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-6"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-6" style="width:50%;"><p><strong>Employment Ontario: Apprenticeship Office, Barrie Regional Office​</strong></p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-6" style="width:50%;"><p><strong>Phone</strong>: 705-737-1431 </p><p><strong>Toll Free</strong>: 1-800-560-3821<br><strong>Website</strong>: <a href="http://www.tcu.gov.on.ca/" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">www.tcu.gov.on.ca</font></a>​</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>​</p>
Private Career CollegesPrivate Career Colleges<p>Private career colleges focus on preparing students for employment in a specific trade or occupation, such as a legal assistance or human resources. Many private career colleges provide flexible schedules, allowing you to take courses while continuing to work. </p><p>If you are taking these courses because you want to be employed in a particular field, you will want to do your research carefully and understand how your potential employer views this type of education. In Ontario, private career colleges are required by law to be registered and must have their programs approved by the Superintendent of Private Career Colleges. To search for a registered private career college, visit the <a href="http://www.ontario.ca/education-and-training/search-private-career-college-ontario" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Service Ontario's Private Career College Search Service</font></a>.</p><p>​</p>