University or Further Education
How is our program set up for transferring to a University program?
In truth, our grads who get grades above 70% in our core courses handle university very well. Obviously, many gravitate to Honours Chemistry or Biochemistry on a regular basis. But the reality is we have had grads go onto all of the engineerings, physics, biology, math (yes even a pure math degree), general science, computer science and business.
For those who go onto straight Chemistry or Biochemistry over half of those also proceed to complete their Master's or PhD's. Additionally, we have recently had a visit from 4 past grads who finished general science/teachers college and are now looking for a job in teaching. These past grads over the years have given feedback as to the transition to university. For those who went on to get their general science or business degrees they felt that the work load was either similar or easier than when they were in chem. lab. For those who went Chemistry, Biochemistry, Engineering or Math they all agreed the workload was definitely stiffer but 'do-able'.
Particularly now with the new 4 year high school curriculum we are starting to get more and more students who want to take the college route because:
It is half the price to find out if they really enjoy the subject
If your avg in 12U math, 12U chem and 12U physics is not above 70% (your best six avg. has been proven to be a poor indicator compared to these three for sciences) statistics shows a very high failure rate in university math/sciences in first year. It is beneficial for many in this situation to enter college chemistry first in order to mature in science before heading on.
Financially its pretty much a wash whether you do 4 years University or 5 - 5/12 years College/University combined! Plus, in terms of actually doing chemistry at the bench, St. Clair provides a much better foundation. In three years of our program our grads complete approx 241 experiments while in 4 years of Honours (without thesis project) at a typical University students only complete about 114 (and they are delivered by T.A's).
The Chem. Lab. Diploma is extremely 'hire-able' right out of school even if one does not wish to go on to University. Every one of our grads who was willing (if need be) to apply outside Essex County had a job within 3 months of graduation!
It can be a pathway to health related graduate schools (medical, dental, chiropractic, optometry). Countless numbers of high school students wish to go to med school. Many of these don't even take 12U physics because there exists a route (so we are told) whereby they can get a biology degree and go to med school. What happens if you don't get in? We have had numerous students take our program who already have a biology or general science degree! Some students are catching on to the fact that taking the core fundamental route of chemistry at college first, maturing and then moving onto chemistry or biochemistry affords them a great opportunity to reach their goal while still having a genuine fall back if it doesn't pan out.
Other Educational Avenues
Once you've earned a Chem. Lab. Diploma there really isn't anything out there that you can't learn! Many other specialized College programs can easily be taken. Companies that have specialized training programs of their own find our grads very compatible and easy to train. This again opens more doors for our grads.