Provincial fund to boost hands–on learning at George Brown

Even more George Brown College students will gain hands-on experience thanks to new funding from the provincial government. 

Right now, 95 per cent of our qualifying programs provide work-integrated learning (WIL) – that means developing skills through work placements and real-life experience. Our goal is to offer WIL in 100 per cent of our qualifying programs by 2020. The Ministry of Education's Career Ready Fund will help us get closer to reaching that target. 

The new provincial funds will support 10 priority programs and three pilot projects. They will also support an exciting project with a focus on immersive simulated field experiences using artificial intelligence, virtual reality, gaming and augmented reality. Sounds cool, doesn't it? 

"The Career Ready Fund will allow us to create a digital curriculum delivery methodology that can be used across the college and beyond to develop digital experiential learning initiatives," said George Brown College President Anne Sado. 

Partnership with Baycrest and Microsoft 

Students from our Centre for Arts, Design and Information Technology will collaborate with students from our Centres for Community Services and Health Sciences to develop interactive apps that will prepare students for work-integrated learning experiences in long-term care. 

Microsoft will provide mentors and give students from our Interaction Design, Gaming and Information Technology programs the opportunity to apply digital tools. Baycrest Health Sciences will work with our Community Services and Health Sciences students on content development. 

The two teams of students will then work together to create digital scenarios related to aging at home and in long-term care settings. These simulated digital spaces will help students gain the knowledge and skills to provide mental health, health and wellness, activation, advocacy, and care support. 

Other new projects 

We're also launching the following three pilot projects with the new provincial funds: 

  • a Global Industry Partners pilot that will increase field study opportunities at international businesses,  

  • an accommodation pilot to help students with disabilities participate in work-related learning,  

  • and a preparatory pilot to support students with financial, personal or societal barriers to success. 

“Ontario’s students are highly-educated and incredibly talented, but without some work-related experience on their resume, it can be challenging for them to land that first job after school," Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, said. "With support from the Career Ready Fund, students and new graduates will gain the meaningful, real-world experience they need for a successful career start, and employers will have access to talent that can make an immediate impact on their success.”