Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning is an important fixture of the Kitchener area. Close to half of adults in the Waterloo Region have participated in training and education at Conestoga, and more than half of health professionals in the region trained there (excluding physicians).
At its eight campuses in the Kitchener-Waterloo region, Conestoga offers a full range of degree, diploma, certificate, post-graduate, apprenticeship, upgrading, and preparatory programs. In keeping with its focus on industry-driven education, more than 50 programs offered at Conestoga include co-op terms.
There are student residences at the school’s Kitchener and Cambridge campuses. It also offers childcare facilities that are both open to community members and function as lab schools for the early childhood education program. Primary research areas include improving the quality of life and care for Canada’s seniors, advanced recycling technologies for electronic waste, smart manufacturing, food processing technology and supply chain management. Conestoga is also home to the largest woodworking training facility in North America.
A major redevelopment of the Waterloo campus scheduled for completion in 2018 will more than double the size of the existing facility, providing enhanced capacity for the delivery of hospitality and culinary arts, information and communications technology.
|Size of school||Tuition (degree)||Tuition (diploma)||Tuition (certificate)||Tuition (post-grad)||Residence offerings|
|Large (10,000 full-time students or more)||$8,366-$10,121||$4,358-$7,542||$4,358-$10,009||$4,358-$10,380||Yes|
• Electronic Systems Engineering: Geared toward students interested in electronics, embedded systems and software and communication systems, this is a project-based co-op program that allows students
to apply the high level of theory to real-world projects. Students can use it as a first step toward becoming a professional engineer.
• Woodworking Technology: Delivered at one of the most advanced training facilities in North America, the program begins with the set-up and operation of woodworking machinery before moving to extensive project work, mixing in-school training with real industrial experience.
• Practical Nursing
• Early Childhood Education
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