Algoma University and Northern College to offer new computer science course
SAULT STE. MARIE – In an effort to increase the IT talent pool in northeastern Ontario, Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie and Northern College in Timmins are offering a new dual degree program.
Starting in September, students will be able to earn a computer engineering technician degree and a bachelor’s degree in computer science in just three years.
Algoma University President Asima Vezina said the information and communications technology (ICT) industry is in constant need of new talent, which is why the university is partnering with Northern College to meet this demand.
“We see 100% jobs after graduation, students are working in their field, they are getting really good jobs,” Vezina said. “We have just completed the first part of a consultation with communities across the Northeast and this is the only program that comes out loud: we need more ICT graduates.
Vezina said students taking the Northern College program will not have to move to Algoma to complete their studies.
“We have a lot of deals with the college where students can do two years, stay home for two years, and come to Algoma for two years. But it will be offered directly on the Northern College campus in Porcupine, ”she said.
Northern College President Dr. Audrey Penner said the goal of the current partnership is to expand access to degrees for students in northeastern Ontario.
“Students will now have access and will now graduate with a dual degree and a bachelor’s degree in an IT field,” said Penner.
“This is a first of its kind in Ontario – a powerful combination – while staying here in northeastern Ontario.