Northern College Pleased with Wynne’s Stance on Three-Year Degrees

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TIMMINS, ON: Earlier this week, presidents of Ontario’s 24 colleges met with Premier Kathleen Wynne at Queen’s Park to discuss measures to strengthen post-secondary education in the province. Northern College is pleased with the Premier’s commitment to establish a process to review the delivery of three-year degree programs at the province’s public colleges.

This dialogue is timely and aligns with Northern College’s recently released strategic plan which focuses on accessible education. “We are committed to maximizing educational access, engagement and choice for our learners and communities,” said Fred Gibbons, President of Northern College. “By expanding educational offerings in the North and providing a continuum of academic pathways, Northern College will be better positioned to assume a leadership role in addressing youth out-migration. We look forward to working with the government to help more people get the education, training and retraining they need.”

At the meeting, Premier Wynne said the government wants to work with colleges to ensure the province has the agility to meet labour market needs. At the end of the meeting, the Premier agreed to investigate the three-year degree issue in partnership with the colleges. Other issues addressed at the meeting included fiscal challenges and apprenticeship reform.

Providing more career-focused degree programs at the college-level will complement many of Northern College’s highly-regarded two-year diploma programs and give learners the best of both worlds – the hands-on training of a college program with the breadth and qualifications of a degree. Ensuring the credentials in Ontario accurately reflect the program of study will also open up more career opportunities for unemployed people seeking retraining and provide more opportunities for students to ladder into honours programs and graduate studies.


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