Private Colleges

A private career college is an independent business that prepares students for a specific job or gives them specific skills, such as computer skills. Private career colleges often work with small groups of students rather than large classes and offer flexible learning schedules. They also offer enrollment at many different times during the year and compressed programs that deliver training over a short time.

Here are just a few of the career colleges in Ottawa:

Willis College

Willis College is a post-secondary and postgraduate college offering accelerated Diploma Programs, Industry Certifications, and Graduate Diploma Programs in Business, Technology and Healthcare. Approved by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development under PCC Act 2005, Willis College, Willis Indigenous Education, Willis Cyber Security Academy, and Willis Veteran Friendly Program is proud to offer industry-led, relevant, applicable, and practical training that meets today’s dynamic labour market and rapidly changing economy.

As Canada’s oldest career college, established in 1866, their goal is to provide the innovative education needed to succeed in future careers and to bridge existing skills gaps in the new century. With over 150,000 graduates and with over 150 years of excellence in job ready skills training, they are producing some of Canada’s top talent.


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