Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning is a leader in polytechnic education and one of Ontario’s fastest growing colleges, delivering a full range of career-focused education, training and applied research programs to prepare students for success in the new knowledge economy and promote economic prosperity throughout our region and across Ontario.
Established in 1967, Conestoga now serves approximately 12,000 full-time students through campuses and training centres in Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, Stratford, Ingersoll and Brantford and is a provincial leader in apprenticeship training. Continuing education programs attract more than 30,000 enrolments each year. As the region’s only provider of polytechnic education, Conestoga plays an integral role in the success of our community: 65 per cent of our graduates remain in the area after completing their education, contributing more than $1 billion each year to the local economy. Almost 50 per cent of the local adult population has accessed our services.
- Conestoga is the only college in Ontario – and one of only two in Canada – to offer engineering degree programs accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board.
- Conestoga’s Bachelor of Applied Health Information Science is the only undergraduate degree program accredited by the Canadian Health Information Management Association.
- Conestoga is a leader in career-focused business education, including accredited financial planning and insurance programs and a bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Audit and IT fully recognized by CPA.
- Conestoga’s Institute of Food Processing Technology includes Canada’s only full-scale, small capacity pilot plant specifically designed for training and applied research to meet the industry’s need for increased competitiveness.
- Conestoga’s centres for innovation and excellence develop real-world solutions for smart manufacturing, entrepreneurship, advancing healthy communities, and improving care and quality of life for seniors.
Our programs include:
Our research specialization:
- Aging and Seniors Care
- Advanced Manufacturing
- Advanced Recycling Technologies
- Robotics and Automation
- Food Processing Technology
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Contribute to our Community
More than 65 per cent of Conestoga’s 105,000+ alumni remain in the local community after completing their studies: their contribution to the local economy exceeds $1 billion each year. Additionally, more than 200,000 individuals have participated in the college’s Continuing Education activities to advance their career success and employability. Conestoga’s School of Career and Academic Access (CAA) provides upgrading programs and career services that lead to better jobs, more prosperous futures and a stronger community: in 2014-15, more than 4,200 individuals participated in CAA programs and services to reach their goals through further education, training or employment.
Foster Student Success
Conestoga graduate named top insurance student in Canada: Caesar Martini, a 2015 graduate of Conestoga’s Insurance – Property and Casualty program, has been recognized by the Insurance Institute of Canada as the country’s top graduating student from a full-time insurance program in 2015. Martini achieved an average of 95.9% over the course of his two-year program as well as honours in 8 of his 9 Chartered Insurance Professional (CIP) required courses. During his studies, he was awarded the Economical Insurance Business scholarship, the Insurance Institute of Ontario – Conestoga Chapter Award and the John E. Lowes Insurance Education Fund award sponsored by the Insurance Institute of Ontario. Learn more.
Conestoga grad honoured at 2015 Premier’s Awards: Marianne Walker, a 1977 graduate of the Nursing program at Conestoga College, joined the ranks of Ontario’s most distinguished college graduates on Monday, November 16, when she was named the 2015 recipient of the Premier’s Award for Health Sciences. Walker is currently president and CEO of Guelph General Hospital. In leadership roles spanning more than 30 years, she has worked to refocus health care on the patient. She has led several regional and province-wide initiatives that have greatly improved patient outcomes after a stroke, and her eldercare strategy is recognized as one of the best in Ontario. Walker credits her college training for much of her later success, saying ““Conestoga provided me with the foundation I built my career on.” Learn more.
Conestoga project takes top prize at Applied Research Showcase: An automated thermal management system developed by students in Conestoga’s Electronic Systems Engineering (ESE) degree program to support the needs of an industry client was awarded top prize at the Polytechnic Canada’s 2014 Student Applied Research Showcase. The system was developed for client Redragon Oil and Gas Systems International Inc. to address challenges in the company’s waste oil recycling process. The new technology provides automated monitoring of the existing oil filtration systems to ensure they reach and maintain appropriate temperatures so that contaminated oils are appropriately filtered and the filtration media isn’t damaged by overheating. Redragon officials estimate that the new technology could increase per system profits by 20 per cent and reduce customer costs by up to $2.4 million over 20 years. Learn more.
Partner with Business and Community
Conestoga is working with Schlegel Villages, a leader in long-term care and retirement living, and the University of Waterloo to enhance the quality of life and care of older adults through the Research Institute for Aging (RIA). As the primary practice development partner, Conestoga is focused on evidence-informed training program development for staff already working in long-term care, as well as for students in programs that lead to careers working with seniors. A new Centre of Excellence for Innovation in Aging, located on University of Waterloo’s north campus, opened in Fall 2015. Described as “a global pinnacle of excellence” by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, the Centre includes Ontario’s first purpose-built teaching long-term care (LTC) home connected to a research and training facility. Learn more.
The partnership between Conestoga and Lisaard House/Innisfree House to provide professional, compassionate, residential hospice care in Waterloo Region was recognized as the Best Corporate/Not-for-Profit Partnership at the 2015 Cambridge & North Dumfries Community Awards. Conestoga provided land for the construction of Innisfree House, a new 10-bed hospice opened in July, 2015 to support the growing need for palliative care in our community for those who do not wish to spend their final days in hospital, but require more support than can be provided at home. Together, the two organizations worked with experts in palliative care and nursing to create specialized education programs for the new hospice’s nurses and personal support workers. The certificate programs, include experiential learning and focus on key areas of palliative care such as pain management and psychosocial issues, and are also available to nurses and personal support workers throughout the region. Learn more.
Support Indigenous Students
Be-Dah-Bin Gamik, a Place of New Beginnings, provides services for Aboriginal students at Conestoga, including those who are First Nations (status and non-status), Metis and Inuit. It is a warm, welcoming and comfortable environment that assists students with a smooth transition to college life by providing ongoing student support. Aboriginal Services provides social and cultural events and activities, traditional counselling services, an Elders-in-Residence program and an Aboriginal Student Association. NISH-VIBES, a weekly Aboriginal radio show broadcast on Conestoga’s student-run radio station CJIQ-FM, has operated successfully for five years, and the fifth annual traditional Pow Wow held in Spring 2015 attracted a record number of participants.
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Date modified: 2018-07-27