College Profile / Stats
Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, established in 1967, is a provincial leader in polytechnic education, providing career-focused education and training that prepares students for success in the new knowledge economy and supports growing industry needs for a highly skilled labour force.
The institution’s comprehensive range of programs – from apprenticeships through degrees – reflects the area’s diverse and changing job market and local workplace skill requirements.
A mid-size college that serves one of Canada’s fastest growing regions, Conestoga provides local and regional access to full-time, continuing education and apprenticeship students through campuses and training centres in Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, Stratford, Ingersoll and Brantford. The college is increasingly becoming a destination of choice for international students.
The region we serve is one of Ontario’s economic engines, with a population predicted to grow to 1.1 million by 2031, much of the growth fuelled by immigration. The area’s comprehensive economy features a range of industries with a variety of needs, from insurance and high tech to agriculture and advanced manufacturing.
Conestoga’s student-focused, project-based learning model helps ensure that all students can reach their full potential. It provides learners with the skills and knowledge required for success in a variety of key industry sectors. A new Centre for Entrepreneurship supported by industry partners infuses an entrepreneurial focus across all programs and prepares graduates for the realities of the 21st century workplace.
Conestoga’s enrolment in apprenticeship training and co-op programs is among the top three in the province, and among the top four in degree programming – the largest outside of the GTA. Employer satisfaction levels with the skills our graduates bring to the workplace are consistently among the very best in Ontario. Our graduates have higher employment and lower loan default rates than those from most other provincial colleges.
In his 2011 report, Adapting for Prosperity, economist Larry Smith describes Conestoga as “indispensable to local prosperity and the health and competitiveness of the labour force.” Close to half of the adults in the local community have turned to Conestoga’s training programs to build their careers and our graduates have established more than 3,300 businesses.
Conestoga is a member of Polytechnics Canada, committed to providing career-focused education that responds to learner, industry and community needs. Like our polytechnic partners, we provide a broad range of education opportunities, including four-year bachelor’s degrees, post-graduate certificates, two- and three-year diplomas and apprenticeship training as well as continuing education and corporate training.
To learn more about the Polytechnic Advantage, visit Polytechnics Canada
- Full-time Students: 11,000
- Apprenticeship Seats: 3,300
- Part-time Enrolments: 30,000 +
- Alumni: 93,000
- Close to half of the adults in Waterloo Region population (47%) have participated in Conestoga training and education.
- Almost 90% of 2012 graduates were employed within six months of graduation.
- Conestoga graduates contribute more than $1 billion to the local economy each year.
- 53% of all health-care professionals (excluding physicians) in Waterloo Region received their training at Conestoga.
- Conestoga offers more than 120 full-time diploma programs, 26 apprenticeship programs, 9 four-year bachelor degree programs as well as 2 collaborative degrees, 23 graduate certificate programs and more than 130 part-time programs.
- Conestoga has campuses and training centres in Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph, Stratford, Cambridge, Brantford and Ingersoll.
- The Student Loan default rate of Conestoga’s students is consistently among the the lowest in the province: we attribute this, at least partially, to the fact that so many of our students get excellent jobs after graduation.
- Dr. John Tibbits, who joined Conestoga in 1987, is the longest-serving president in the Ontario college system.