Since 2005, Collège Boréal has offered services in Barrie from its storefront location in the Bayfield Mall. However, since 2011, it has grown by leaps and bounds in the area of Continuing Education, leading to the move into a more spacious location. More and more members of the Francophone and Francophile community in the region are choosing to take advantage of training and other services offered by Collège Boréal, so much so that the institution has decided to offer a first post-secondary program in September!
Collège Boréal is now located in new offices located at 136 Bayfield St., in the same offices as Ontario Works. This new location will allow the college to provide and expand services, courses, programs and training opportunities to students, clients and partners under one roof.
Collège Boréal is proud to announce that a very first post-secondary program will be offered in this location as of September 2014. Students will have the opportunity to enrol in an Early Childhood Education program. This program aims to meet the needs of community partners looking for certified French speaking early childhood educators.
“Collège Boréal is pleased to provide a one-shop-stop experience for all programs and services in order to better serve the Francophone and Francophile population of Barrie. Moreover, we hope that this new post-secondary program will be the first of many such programs, thus allowing us to meet the needs of this community.”
– Pierre Riopel, President, Collège Boréal
Since 2011, Collège Boréal in Barrie has doubled its Continuing Education clientele. Literacy services have exceeded their targets every single year and employment services are growing steadily.
A variety of programs have also been added, notably:
· Youth Entrepreneurship programs, including the Summer Company program, offered with the financial support of the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment;
· ‘Capacity Building’ activities, such as a mentoring program for French Daycare Educators offered through the financial support of the Best Start Program;
· a basic information technology support program offered in partnership with Ontario Works; and
· ‘Kinder French’ classes, an introduction to French for kids offered in partnership with the city of Barrie, situated at the Holly Recreational Centre.
The French as a Second Language program has been very successful over the past three years; more than 400 students per year have enrolled in this program to learn or improve their skill level in French.
Established in 1995, Collège Boréal is a French-language postsecondary training and learning institution dedicated to the development and growth of French communities throughout the province.
For the second year in a row, Collège Boréal has the highest graduation and graduate satisfaction rates of all 24 community colleges in Ontario. Moreover, 100% of all surveyed employers would recommend hiring Collège Boréal graduates!
To find out more about our programs and services, please visit our Website: collegeboreal.ca and follow us on Facebook and Twitter @borealAPP.
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