Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
Established: 1967 (Originally known as the Conestoga College of Applied Arts and Technology; the College was renamed the Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in 2003).
Number of Students
About 39,200 (Upwards of 33,000 are part-time students).
Available at the Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning are over 75 academic and career-oriented degree, diploma, certificate, and post-graduate programs in Biotechnology, Business, Community Services, Engineering and Information Technology, Health Services, and Liberal and Media Studies. Twenty-three of the programs offered at the College have an integrated co-op component, and 15 apprenticeships are also available. Moreover, students may take any of 4 trades-specific programs in Computer Numerical Control Machining, General Metal Machinist, Industrial Maintenance Mechanic, and Welding Fitter. To further pursue education in their respective fields of study, students who earn a diploma at the College are eligible to transfer to a university with which the College has a formal student transfer agreement; the College has such arrangements with universities in Alberta, Australia, British Columbia, Hawaii, Michigan, New York, and Ontario. Additionally, students are afforded the opportunity to register in and complete selected programs from Brock University, McMaster University, Southern Alberta Institute, and University of Windsor at Conestoga College, including McMaster University's Bachelor of Nursing and the University of Windor’s Master of Business Administration. Furthermore, students who wish to take for-credit or non-credit courses online may do so via “OntarioLearn;” however, students will be required to be on campus to write the final examination(s) for their respective courses.
In 2005, the Key Performance Indicator (KPI) surveys, which studies the employment of graduates and the satisfaction levels of students, graduates, and employers, has ranked the Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning the number 1 public college in Ontario for the 7th straight year. Approximately 93.8 percent of the College’s graduates find employment in their respective fields within 6 months of graduation. In 2003 the College was upgraded to the status of “Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning” by the Ontario government. This means the College is now allowed to offer up to 20 applied degrees at the baccalaureate level and increase its co-operative education opportunities. The College is also a member of the Association of Canadian Polytechnic Institutes, an organization of polytechnic institutes who are currently planning to pool their resources together in order to expand educational opportunities to students. Kitchener, Ontario is the location of the College’s main campus and satellite campuses are located in Cambridge, Guelph, Stratford, and Waterloo.