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Canadian two-year colleges show path to jobs

TORONTO—At the University of Manitoba, where she enrolled after high school, it seemed to take Angela Conrad forever to satisfy her degree requirements by taking courses in women’s studies, Greek mythology, and other courses she considered impractical.

All she really wanted was a job in marketing.

“It takes people two years, sometimes three years, to finish” their mandatory 30 credit hours of general studies at the university, Conrad said. “It made me think there had to be a learning style that was faster and more practical than that.”

Conrad, 23, recounts this in the student lounge at Toronto’s George Brown College, the Canadian equivalent of an American community college, where she transferred after giving up on a four-year degree from a university in favor of a two-year diploma.

“This is better, ” Conrad said. “The teachers really do hands-on kinds of things.” She already even has a job while she studies, organizing events for the Hudson’s Bay Company.

Lessons From Abroad

This story is part of The Hechinger Report’s ongoing series on what the U.S. can learn from higher education in other countries.

Hugely popular for emphasizing practical skills that lead directly to careers, community colleges like George Brown get most of the credit for making Canada among the top nations in the world (it’s second, just after South Korea) in the proportion of the population between the ages of 25 and 34 who hold some sort of postsecondary degree, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. More than half of all Canadians have such degrees, and half of those went to community colleges.

That’s an upside-down version of the American system, in which community colleges—while they enroll nearly half of all undergraduates—are a drag on the nation’s higher-education standing. The OECD now puts the United States a distant 16th in the world in the proportion of 25- to 34-year-olds with a postsecondary qualification. Only one in 10 Americans has finished a credential at a community college, compared with more than one in four Canadians.

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