Good News for Champlain 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/