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Book of Experts provides quick online access to Ontario college expertise


Reporters seeking to find college experts on everything from the skills mismatch and youth unemployment to biotechnology and acute-care nursing can find a full range of sources thanks to an online tool produced by Ontario’s 24 public colleges. The College Book of Experts – – provides users with the names of faculty experts from across Ontario. The site is searchable by college name, area of expertise, or by using an individual’s name.

“In today’s news environment, journalists need to know they can find quick access to experts on a wide range of subjects,” said Glenn Vollebregt, President and CEO, St. Lawrence College. “With just a couple of clicks, the College Book of Experts helps reporters find commentary, insight and information within seconds.” Ontario’s public college system has more than 120 campuses and satellite locations across the province serving every size of community. There are about 7,000 full-time and 12,000 part-time faculty members at the colleges. 

Ontario’s colleges offer courses in more than 600 program areas. A wide range of degrees, diploma and certificate programs are available to students. Colleges also provide 87 per cent of in-class training for apprentices. The scope of subjects offered at campuses across the province has expanded dramatically since the college system was established more than 45 years ago.

College programs evolve to meet the changing demands of the new economy. In everything from eco-adventure tourism to broadcast engineering technology to supply chain management, programs are constantly being added and updated to meet industry demands.

There is growing awareness of the importance of college education in the new economy. Full-time enrolment in first-year college programs hit its highest level ever this year. As well, the number of university graduates applying to college has increased more than 40 per cent from five years ago.

“We are extremely fortunate to have a wealth of knowledge and expertise at St. Lawrence College,” said Glenn Vollebregt, President and CEO. “The College Book of Experts will provide a valuable resource to media in this fast-paced digital world.”


For more information:

Laura Tulchinsky
St. Lawrence College, Communications
613-544-5400, ext. 1291
Cell: 613-329-2451