Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Education pricey, but worth it

Education pricey, but worth it

If a recent release from the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) is to be believed, university graduates contribute more to Canada's economy and communities than do those without the benefit of higher education.

The new AUCC data on the value of a university degree highlight the benefits of investing in higher education against the backdrop of Canada's shifting demographics and the need for an increasingly flexible, adaptable and productive workforce.

"University graduates enter the workforce with the skills and knowledge necessary to adjust more easily to shifts in the employment market," says Paul Davidson, president, AUCC. "They find jobs quickly — and they find good jobs, that are interesting and pay well."
Never before did a university degree prove more useful than during the recent economic downturn, the worst in 70 years. University graduates enjoyed 150,000 net new jobs from September 2008 to March 2010, compared to 684,000 fewer jobs for those without a degree during that same period, according to AUCC data.

"This is a compelling arguement to increase and support higher education in Brantford to become a leading innovation and education hub and centre" says Sieg Holle who is running for Ward 1 in Brantford Oct 25 election.

"Knowledge is power -a power that we need to become a leading  innovation and learning hub "

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