Good News for Cham­plain Len­noxville

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Sher­brooke, Len­noxville

Cham­plain Len­noxville re­ceived some good news this week from the « Min­istère de l’En­seigne­ment supérieur, de la Recherche, de la Sci­ence et de la Tech­nolo­gie ». The Com­puter Sci­ence and Math­e­mat­ics Pro­gram, which has been of­fered as a pi­lot project in Len­noxville since 2008, has been ex­tended for an ad­di­tional five years, which means that Cham­plain Len­noxville will re­main one of only twelve Cégeps in the province that are cur­rently of­fer­ing the pro­gram.

The pro­gram has a spe­cial place at Len­noxville, as the very idea for the pro­gram was born here. In part­ner­ship with Cégep Lionel-Groulx, Cham­plain Len­noxville devel­oped the idea of a pre-univer­sity pro­gram that would give stu­dents who wished to pur­sue univer­sity stud­ies in Com­puter Sci­ence an alternative to hav­ing to com­plete the nor­mal Pure and Ap­plied Sci­ence or Health Sci­ence pro­grams. The project was pre­sented to the Min­istère de l’Éd­u­ca­tion, du Loisir et des Sports who ap­proved the pro­gram and au­tho­rized a small group of Cégeps to con­duct a five year ex­per­i­men­ta­tion of the pro­gram, ex­per­i­men­ta­tion which has now been ex­tended un­til the end of the 2017-2018 school year.

Stu­dents in the pro­gram are thrilled, as they can do Java pro­gram­ming dur­ing each of their four semesters. In their fi­nal se­mes­ter, they work on de­vel­op­ing an ap­pli­ca­tion that in­te­grates at least one of the other sciences in the pro­gram, namely Math­e­mat­ics, Physics or Chem­istry. They are also pleased that, when they en­roll in a pro­gram in the Com­puter Sci­ence field, many univer­si­ties give Com­puter Sci­ence and Math grad­u­ates ad­vanced stand­ing over stu­dents who have com­pleted the reg­u­lar Sci­ence Pro­gram.

For stu­dents who aren’t univer­sity bound, but who would still want to take ad­van­tage of the pos­i­tive job mar­ket in IT, Cham­plain Len­noxville also of­fers a three year tech­ni­cal pro­gram called Com­puter Sci­ence Tech­nol­ogy (CST). The pro­gram has been re­cently up­dated to in­clude trend­ing tech­nolo­gies such as Cloud Com­put­ing, and is of­fered with a co-op op­tion that al­lows stu­dents to com­plete two paid work place­ments dur­ing the sum­mer. If stu­dents change their minds along the way, grad­u­ates may also ben­e­fit from a “DECBAC” agree­ment with Bishop’s Univer­sity to com­plete their bach­e­lor’s de­gree. If stu­dents want to travel, grad­u­ates of the CST pro­gram also have the op­por­tu­nity to com­plete a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in just one year at Grif­fith Univer­sity in Aus­tralia.

The Com­puter Sci­ence and Math­e­mat­ics Pro­gram and the Com­puter Sys­tems Tech­nol­ogy Pro­gram of­fer stu­dents many op­tions! More in­for­ma­tion on both pro­grams is avail­able on the col­lege’s web­site: http://www.crc-len­nox.qc.ca/

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