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College, university team up on business education

Eligible students can complete their diploma and degree in four years.

Sault College and Laurentian University have teamed up to offer students an enhanced education in business studies.

A new partnership agreement, formalized on March 21, will allow business students to complete their diploma and degree in four years.

Under the agreement, Laurentian University will recognize applications from Sault College students who have completed the first two years of study in the college’s business program. The college’s two-year business diploma will be eligible for transfer and admission into year three of Laurentian University's four-year bachelor of business administration (BBA) degree program.

Sault College business program students applying for admission to Laurentian University will be recognized once official college transcripts are received and if eligibility requirements are met. Students must achieve a minimum grade point average of C+ at Sault College to be considered.

“Students are very eager to see these types of pathways and want streamlined integration into university should they elect to further their studies,” said Colin Kirkwood, vice-president of academic and research at Sault College, in a news release. “We are very pleased to be able to secure an agreement with Laurentian University for our business students.”

Dr. Stephen Havlovic, dean of the faculty of management at Laurentian University, echoed that statement.

“By combining our educational strengths we offer a greater range of options for learners in our communities,” he said.

Sault College is located in Sault Ste. Marie, while Laurentian University is located in Sudbury.