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Schools join forces to offer four-year program


Lakehead University and Georgian College have announced plans to develop a four-year degree in electrical engineering that they will deliver jointly in central Ontario.

Students will enrol in both institutions and graduate with a Georgian advanced diploma and Lakehead degree. Graduates will be eligible to apply for a professional engineer (PEng) designation.

The program was announced at Georgian College’s Barrie campus Wednesday by Georgian College president and CEO MaryLynn West-Moynes and Lakehead University president and vice-chancellor Brian Stevenson.

This will be the first engineering degree of its kind to be offered in central Ontario. Pending all approvals, the program will begin in September 2015.

“Georgian College and Lakehead University share a commitment to addressing the post-secondary aspirations of people in Simcoe County and central Ontario,” said West-Moynes. “By working collaboratively, we will be able to give residents, for the first time, an opportunity to earn an engineering degree and an advanced diploma without having to leave the region. Employers throughout our area will also benefit by having access to a larger pool of engineering professionals who can help meet the demands of today’s global economy.”

“Lakehead University is very proud to count Georgian College as an important partner, and I am excited about the new engineering program,” said Stevenson. “This partnership ties together our institutions’ growth and capacity development, and further demonstrates how Lakehead and Georgian continue to benefit post-secondary education in, and the economic development of, central Ontario.”

Students will study concurrently at Lakehead and Georgian throughout their four years, taking classes at Georgian’s University Partnership Centre at the Barrie campus and Lakehead's Orillia campus.

“Georgian and Lakehead share strong track records and established reputations in engineering and technology programs,” said West-Moynes. “I am thrilled that degree students will soon be learning in our university-calibre, state-of-the-art labs on Georgian’s Barrie campus. This will be a marquee program in our one-of-a-kind University Partnership Centre.”

The agreement to pursue a joint electrical engineering degree results from ongoing discussions between Lakehead and Georgian, aimed at creating access to innovative programs to meet the needs of local communities and employers. Just last week, in Thunder Bay, West-Moynes and Stevenson signed a memorandum of understanding to pursue joint international recruitment of students for select programs; to work together to develop new student pathways and programs for aboriginal learners; and to extend post-secondary learning opportunities using modern distance delivery modes.

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