New pro­grams open doors

New Lake­head-Ge­or­gian com­bined pro­grams wel­come stu­dents

Packet & Times (Orillia) - - LIFE - From left to right, Stephen Bond, Brid­get Healy and Jacky Wu are part of the in­au­gu­ral co­hort of Lake­head-Ge­or­gian Elec­tri­cal En­gi­neer­ing stu­dents. SUB­MIT­TED

Nearly 45 stu­dents be­gan their stud­ies at the Barrie cam­pus in Septem­ber as part of Lake­head-Ge­or­gian’s first classes.

Stu­dents em­barked on a four-year jour­ney in the first two Lake­head-Ge­or­gian com­bined pro­grams: Bach­e­lor of En­gi­neer­ing (Elec­tri­cal) with Elec­tri­cal En­gi­neer­ing Technology ad­vanced diploma, and Hon­ours Bach­e­lor of Arts and Science – En­vi­ron­men­tal Sus­tain­abil­ity (Ecosys­tem Man­age­ment) de­gree with En­vi­ron­men­tal Tech­ni­cian diploma.

“I’ve al­ways been a very hand­son per­son,” said Brid­get Healy, a first-year en­gi­neer­ing stu­dent. “I ex­plored a num­ber of other de­gree pro­grams, but the univer­sity-col­lege model at Ge­or­gian re­ally ap­pealed to me. I liked the idea of hav­ing one-on-one in­ter­ac­tion with the fac­ulty and learn­ing prac­ti­cal skills.”

Healy, who is from Oril­lia, also loved the fact she can live at home and have a short com­mute to school.

Lake­head-Ge­or­gian pro­grams al­low stu­dents to com­plete a univer­sity de­gree and col­lege cre­den­tial in only four years, com­bin­ing aca­demic and ap­plied learn­ing to grad­u­ate job-ready.

“We rou­tinely hear from in­dus­try that they are look­ing for grad­u­ates who have hands-on prac­ti­cal ex­pe­ri­ence, in ad­di­tion to a the­o­ret­i­cal foun­da­tion that comes from a univer­sity ed­u­ca­tion,” said Dr. Dean Jobin-Be­vans, prin­ci­pal, Oril­lia cam­pus of Lake­head Univer­sity.

“Un­der the in­no­va­tive part­ner­ship that is Lake­head-Ge­or­gian, our stu­dents will ex­pe­ri­ence the best of a univer­sity and col­lege ed­u­ca­tion. Our goal is to pro­vide a com­bi­na­tion of ap­plied and prac­ti­cal learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences that will be val­ued by em­ploy­ers. Our en­gi­neer­ing grad­u­ates will be jo­bready, equipped with the the­o­ret­i­cal and prac­ti­cal skills to al­low them to hit the ground run­ning.”

Aca­demic and ser­vice teams from Lake­head and Ge­or­gian con­tinue to col­lab­o­rate on a num­ber of fronts, in­clud­ing the de­vel­op­ment of new pro­grams for the years ahead.

“We’re very ex­cited to have our first Lake­head- Ge­or­gian co­hort of stu­dents on cam­pus,” said Jason Galea, dean of aca­demic qual­ity, teach­ing and learn­ing, and de­gree part­ner­ships at Ge­or­gian Col­lege. “Our two aca­demic in­sti­tu­tions con­tinue to work dili­gently and cre­atively – en­sur­ing our part­ner­ship grows to meet the need for de­gree-level ed­u­ca­tion in our com­mu­ni­ties. With the Lake­head cam­pus in Oril­lia and Ge­or­gian’s main cam­pus in Barrie, we are proud to serve stu­dents and em­ploy­ers with in­no­va­tive, col­lab­o­ra­tive pro­grams for to­day’s econ­omy.”

Two new Lake­head-Ge­or­gian pro­grams will be­gin in Septem­ber 2018: Hon­ours Bach­e­lor of Science in Ap­plied Life Science de­gree with Biotech­nol­ogy – Health diploma and Hon­ours Bach­e­lor of Science in Com­puter Science with Com­puter Pro­gram­mer diploma.


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