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What is Second Career?

Second Career is an Ontario government program that helps those who have been laid-off get the skills training they need for high demand jobs in their communities. Second Career helps Ontarians get the funding for the education or training required to get a better job.

It is a cost-sharing grant provided on the basis of need, which provides funding help up to $28,000 to pay for:

  • Tuition
  • Living expenses
  • Help caring for dependants
  • Travel
  • Transportation
  • Disability supports
  • Other living and training costs
  • Books

Do I qualify?

You can apply to Second Career if you:

  • are laid off or have been laid off since January 2005
  • are unemployed or working an interim job (working less than 20 hours per week)
  • are choosing to retrain for a career that is in demand

In order to find out if you qualify for Second Career or any other government funding, all candidates must visit an Employment Ontario assessment centre for an assessment interview.

How does Second Career work?

Second Career starts with a visit to an Employment Ontario Assessment Centre. A case manager will talk to you about your goals, and the kind of help you need. If Second Career is the right choice for you, the case manager will help you prepare a training plan and apply for Second Career.

Who issues program funding?

Funding may be available through the MTCU (Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities) Second Career Strategy for those who qualify. Georgian College can guide you through the process of collecting information needed for your application; however, the MTCU grants the funding, not the colleges themselves.

Where do I start?

If you are interested in Second Career funding the best place to start would be a Career and Employment Centre. They have information sessions about Second Career and can help you discuss your career options and how to get started with the process. The funding process involves assessing if you’re eligible and researching which program/institution would be best for you to attend.

Barrie

Georgian College Career and Employment Community Services
48 Collier St. Barrie, ON L4M 1G8
705.722.1505

Hours of operation: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Orangeville

Georgian College Career and Employment Community Services,
Orangeville Edelbrock Centre
30 Centre St. Orangeville, ON L9W 2X1
519.942.9986, ext. 5641

Hours of operation: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Orillia

Georgian College Career and Employment Community Services, Orillia Campus
825 Memorial Ave., Room A200
Orillia, ON L3V 6S2
705.329.3102

Hours of operation: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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How do I apply?

Please see below for the steps required to apply for both Second Career funding as well as to a Georgian College program.

  • Make an appointment

    Meet with a Case Manager at a  Career and Employment Centre in your area to determine your suitability as well as your eligibility for the Second Career program.

    Georgian College Centre for Career and Employment contact information 

  • Choose a program

    Once you have met with your case manager and have discussed career options choose a Georgian College program that may be eligible for Second Career funding.

    Georgian College full-time programs

    Second Career info sheets for your funding application

  • Review the requirements

    Review the admission requirements for your desired program. You must meet these requirements to receive your Georgian College Letter of Acceptance and to attend any of Georgian’s full time programs.

    Admission requirements can be found on the program outlines

    Need upgrading? Speak with your employment consultant to discuss funding for upgrading.

  • Apply for the program

    Apply online through the Ontario Colleges Applications Services (OCAS) for your desired Georgian College program.  Visit our Admissions/Apply page for more details on the application process.

    Applications received by Feb. 1 will be considered equally for highly competitive programs. A list of these highly competitive programs is available on the OCAS Highly Competitive Program Chart (page 19).

  • Do your research

    You may be asked by your case manager to research Georgian College and your desired program . You will find questions and answers as well as links that may be helpful you when doing your research for Second Career on the Research tab.

  • Confirm your offer

    Once you have been accepted, you can confirm your offer through OCAS. You will then receive an email from Ontario Colleges. You can also expect to receive an invoice stating your payment deadlines.

    Please make sure fees are paid by the payment deadlines to ensure a seat in the program.
    Visit the main “Confirm your seat” page for further details.

  • Apply for funding

    You will be required to provide the following to the Career and Employment Centre to complete your funding application for Ministry approval:

    • Letter of acceptance
    • Research
    • Program info sheet
    • Invoice
  • Payments

    Arrange to make your tuition fee payment by the due date that appears on your invoice.

    Please note:
    If your MTCU funding has not come through by the due date, you must make a minimum payment of $500 by the specified payment date outlined on your invoice to confirm your seat.

    Once the deposit has been made by the due date, you will be able to register into your courses and  you agree to pay the balance of your fees with the full balance being due upon receipt from MTCU or as outlined on your invoice.

    Please retain your tuition receipts. If you require additional proof of tuition payments you can visit the Registrar’s Office with your identification. Ask for a “Confirmation of Registration” this will show  fees paid for that semester, as well as the full time courses  currently registered for that semester.

    For further information on fee payments and dates please see your invoice and the Tuition and fees page.

  • Sign your contract

    Once approved by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities , you will be asked to sign a contract by your Career and Employment Centre case manager.

What programs are available?

The programs listed below may be eligible under Second Career. Your case manager at your Career and Employment Centre will help you determine an appropriate program.

Please also see our listing of full-time programs for additional information.

Once you and your case manager have decided on a program, you can apply to the college through Ontario Colleges (OCAS).

September 2015

May 2015 offerings

Offerings for May 2015 are in the process of being posted. Please keep checking for updates.

January 2015 offerings

Georgian College FAQ

For contact information including mailing addresses and phone numbers for each campus location, please visit our Campus location page.

No, Georgian is a publicly funded college – College of Applied Arts and Technology

There are many ways Georgian connects with communities, as well as with our alumni. Our students are out in the community on co-op, apprenticeship and internship placements. Through our service learning curriculum, they take part in a broad range of community events. Applied research projects allow them to work with local businesses to solve real-world problems.

Members of the community, as well as our alumni, become industry partners and employers. They have access to our Health and Wellness clinics and conference and event facilities, advise on program development, participate in college governance, become donors and more.

We value these relationships, and are continually striving to find new ways to strengthen our existing connections, and make new ones.

If you do not have your Grade 12 diploma, meet the admission requirements of a college program, feel you are ready to work at the postsecondary level or are concerned about your academic skills, you may benefit from Georgian’s academic upgrading and college preparation programs. Visit Georgian College and Career Prep for information.

For admissions requirements, please contact the Office of the Registrar and speak with the Admissions Officer for your desired program.

Office of the Registrar
705.722.1511, menu option 5
registrar@georgiancollege.ca

Second Career FAQ

Once your funding contract has been signed, contact the Financial Aid department to determine eligibility for OSAP.

The length of the application process can be different for everyone and depends on how long it takes an applicant to complete and submit their Second Career application.

Yes, you can request a review. You must send a letter requesting a review to the MTCU. You must submit your request in writing within 30 days of the date on the denial letter you received and clearly outline any additional information you now have to present.

If you have questions regarding your Second Career application, please contact your case manager through an Employment Assessment Centre and/or Wendy Linseman,
705.728.1968, ext. 1722, Wendy.Linseman@GeorgianCollege.ca

Program FAQ

Please see the Second Career Info Sheets for information on a specific program.

This depends on the type of class and program. Normally, 30-45 per class.

This depends on the class you are taking. If it is a program where you are required to purchase your own equipment, you would be given this information on the information sheet available on the Second Career webpage.

Most programs are 18 hours per week. See the Second Career Info sheet for more information.

Most courses are offered in a classroom, however, depending on the course, it may also be offered online.

You will be able to choose your timetable in mid to late August.

Most programs only have a September start date, but some have a September as well as a January and/or May start date. Please see the program outline for specific dates.

Normally both are required but this will depend on the course.

A minimum of 60% overall average is required for most programs. Please see the program outline for the specific requirement.

Most Second Career programs only allow a maximum of 2 years. Therefore, depending on the program you would receive a 2 year diploma.

See the Second Career Info sheets for specific dates.

See the Second Career Info sheets for specific dates.

For more detailed information you are welcome to contact the program area or the co-ordinator of the program you are interested in researching

Program co-ordinator contact information can be found on the program outline for your program.

Returning student?

Please see the steps below if you are a returning Georgian College Second Career student.

  • Invoice

    Obtain your invoice from Georgian College.

    Please note: Returning students (in semester 2 or greater) that have not yet received an invoice two weeks prior to the payment deadline you may request an invoice in person at the Office of the Registrar, Barrie Campus (c170) or by emailing registrar@georgiancollege.ca

  • Grade report

    Once you receive your invoice, forward a copy to your case manager, along with a grade report you have printed from your Banner account.

    • To print your grade report, log into your Banner account
    • Select Academic Records
    • Select display Georgian College Transcript (unofficial)
    • Transcript level – all levels
    • Transcript type – web
    • PRINT
  • Payment

    Arrange to make your tuition fee payment by the due date that appears on your invoice.

    Please note:
    If your MTCU funding has not come through by the due date, you must make a minimum payment of $500 by the specified payment date outlined on your invoice to confirm your seat.

    Once the deposit has been made by the due date, you will be able to register into your courses and  you agree to pay the balance of your fees with the full balance being due upon receipt from MTCU or as outlined on your invoice.

    Please retain your tuition receipts. If you require additional proof of tuition payments you can visit the Registrar’s Office with your identification. Ask for a “Confirmation of Registration” this will show  fees paid for that semester, as well as the full-time courses  currently registered for that semester.

    For further information on fee payments and dates, please see your invoice and the Tuition and fees page.

  • Check banner

    Continue to check your Banner account to view your registration date and time.

Who do I contact?

If you have questions regarding your Second Career application, please contact your case manager through an Employment Assessment Centre.

For further information please see the contacts below.

General inquiries:

Georgian College, Second Career
705.728.1968, ext. 1575
SecondCareer@GeorgianCollege.ca

OCAS/Second Career application:

Wendy Linseman
705.728.1968, ext. 1722
Wendy.Linseman@GeorgianCollege.ca

Program admission requirements:

Office of the Registrar
705.722.1511, menu option 5
registrar@georgiancollege.ca

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