Sheridan has embarked on an exciting new phase of its history by becoming an Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.
Dianne Cunningham, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, made the announcement recently, making Sheridan one of three Ontario colleges to be granted this special new designation.
As an ITAL, Sheridan will be able to develop and offer an expanded number of applied degrees -- up to 15% of its overall programs.
"Our new designation recognizes Sheridan's record of success in providing high quality programs that prepare our students for successful careers," said Robert Turner, Sheridan's president and CEO.
"Applied degrees, which blend theoretical knowledge and applied learning, are a unique new credential in Ontario which will be attractive to both students and employers."
Sheridan will accept students into its first applied degree program, the Bachelor of Applied Arts (Animation), beginning this September.
Additional applied degree programs awaiting approval or under development include Athletic Therapy, Illustration, Information Systems Security, Music Theatre - Performance, New Media Journalism, Photo Imaging, Advanced Manufacturing, Internet Engineering, Film and Video Production, and Educational Technology.
The ITAL designation also reflects Sheridan's leadership among Ontario colleges in undertaking applied research initiatives, primarily through its Visualization Design Institute and Sheridan Elder Research Centre.
Through industry partnerships and successful applications to federal and provincial funding agencies, Sheridan leads Ontario colleges, and several universities, in funding dedicated to applied research.
"As the Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, we look forward to providing more choices for students, and to meeting the needs of employers for graduates with the highly specialized skills and expertise necessary to compete effectively in the global marketplace," Turner said.
"This designation firmly establishes Sheridan as a centre for polytechnic education offering a full range of academic credentials, from apprenticeship programs through to baccalaureate degrees, while maintaining our well-established and successful partnerships with the University of Toronto at Mississauga, York University and University of Guelph," he said.
Looking for a hands-on trade that's in demand? Lambton College has it.
Lambton will show you how you can gain the skills and knowledge to earn a rewarding career in the machine tool and die industry.
Its intensive, five-month Machine Tool and Die training program is designed to prepare you for the machinist/millwright trade and related apprenticeship opportunities, and for a challenging and rewarding work career.
The next course will begin on April 7, 2003 and will go through to August 22, 2003.
Ontario statistics for 1999 revealed 25,000 employers employed 48,000 apprentices across the province.
The Canadian Tool and Machinists Association estimates another 50,000 skilled metal trades persons will be needed over the next five years.
Lambton College program facilitator Steve VanVeller says Machine Tool and Die and Millwrights are "the No. 1 trades in North America about to experience a serious shortage of skilled workers. It has been rated as the trade with the highest demand. However, entering the machine tool and die trade without formal training is virtually impossible; employers want apprentices with some degree of college education."
Lambton's Machine Tool and Die course includes 18 hours per week of hands-on shop application, combined with seven hours of classroom work. You will learn blueprint reading and cad design, machining theory and CNC programming, trade math and communications.
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