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Northern College, Algoma U ink dual-credit deal for computer science students

Starting in September, students will earn diploma and degree over three years

Northern College in Timmins and Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie have struck an agreement that will enable students to earn both a computer engineering technician diploma and a bachelor of computer science degree in just three years of full-time study.

The two parties signed a memorandum of understanding outlining the plan on June 10.

Open to high school graduates and other eligible students, the new option for the dual credentials will be offered starting in September.

Students will learn skill sets related to the IT industry including Cisco (CCNA), CCNA Security, Networks +, A+ Certification, Server+ and Linux + Certification.

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The announcement follows news in January of the expansion of Algoma University's School of Computer Science and Technology, which includes modernized labs for students, expanded capacity for increased enrolment, and new applied research partnerships with industry.

In planning for some time, the expansion had been in jeopardy due to COVID-19 until the federal government stepped in with $1.98 million for the project.

At the time, Algoma U president Asima Vezina said the program is in high demand, and the rate of employment for graduates is close to 100 per cent.