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Oxford International Education Group acquires Career College in Canada

Innovative educational services provider Oxford International Education Group (@oxford_int) has expanded its North American educational footprint with the successful acquisition of leading Canadian educational services provider, East Coast Language College (ECLC) and East Coast International College (ECIC).

“The strong history of high-quality training delivered by ECLC has become a performance benchmark in the region,” notes Sharon Curl, Oxford International North American Managing Director.

“With the addition of our resources and strategic capabilities, we are looking forward to building upon this history and developing a new chapter for the school. All of us here at Oxford International are delighted to be able to welcome ECLC and ECIC into the group.”

Founded in 1998, ECLC has a rich history of award-winning educational excellence in Nova Scotia, and this acquisition allows for investment and expansion of its capabilities and offerings. ECLC, a Private Career College and Language School, offers pathway programs, vocational programs, and language training; providing students options to study for personal, professional, and academic success. Our Career College enables students to work alongside their studies, gaining skills, employment, and potentially opening-up residency in Canada after graduation. Growth of the Career College in 2022 includes the new offering of the Continuing Care Assistant program, with more courses available shortly. OIEG looks to continue to grow the pathway cohort in North America with ECLC’s pathway partners being highly respected and recognised universities and colleges in Canada.

“The acquisition of ECLC provides new options for current and prospective students to access our innovative hybrid models of learning. The OI Digital Institute continues to grow, delivering a hybrid method of education that is timely, relevant, and convenient for the student. The Career College model is an exciting new development that enables OIEG to provide access for more students via its learning pathway,” explains Lil Bremermann-Richard, Oxford International Chief Executive.

Bremermann-Richard continues: “Canada is such an interesting and vibrant country and with inward migration set to grow we are delighted to be able to service the needs of both established and new members of the communities in which we operate. Our new Career College route is a real validation of the quality of our educational models and our responsiveness to the needs of our local communities.”

“When we first met with OIEG it quickly became clear that their core values of academic quality, care for their students, and passion for what they do exactly mirror the core values of ECLC. We feel confident that this will be an excellent foundation to build into the future. In addition, the ambitions and roadmap for the group were incredibly exciting to us, offering additional pathways for existing and prospective students. We look forward to the continued delivery of exceptional educational services and an exciting new range of choices for our future students”, concluded Sheila Nunn, President of ECLC.

Local staff are expected to remain in position and transition over to the new ownership, gaining access to the additional resources and opportunities that membership of the larger group offers. 

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