In light of Premier McGuinty’s education priorities, the OACC wanted to highlight to government the career colleges’ position as a critical player in the post-secondary system. For the first time in 30 years, a review was launched of the sector’s governing legislation that will chart the course for career colleges.
The Brown & Cohen Solution
Arranged for the Ministers of Training, Colleges and Universities and other MPPs to speak at OACC conferences and events.
Organized meetings with then Finance Minister Sorbara, Management Board Chair Gerry Phillips, and former premier Hon. William Davis, MPPs and other key opinion leaders for briefings on the sector.
Prepared written submissions to the Hon. Bob Rae’s review of post-secondary education and participated in town hall meetings that followed.
Addressed the National Association of Career Colleges in 2005 to demonstrate Ontario’s success to other provinces. This positioned OACC as leaders in the Canadian market.
Spoke weekly to MPPs to educate and advance OACC related issues.
Developed media releases to increase the profile of OACC and related issues.
Participated in regular board meetings and conferences to enhance internal communications.
Media trained spokespersons to better represent the industry in meetings and in the media.
On May 11, 2005 the Ontario government introduced Bill 197, a new Private Career Colleges Act that will improve student protection and program quality while stregthening the capacity of the sector for more self-regulation in the future.