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Queen’s offers diploma program for college mine techs

Partnership agreement provides entry into university engineering program

Queen’s University is partnering with two Northern Ontario colleges on a new online diploma-to-degree mining program.

The Kingston institution has signed articulation and transfer agreements with Cambrian College, Northern College, and Saskatchewan Polytechnic to allow college-educated technologists and technicians to enter Queen’s Bachelor of Mining Engineering Technology (BTech) program.

The program was launched in 2016 for college students gain transfer credits from their diploma and complete a customized bridging curriculum before being admitted directly into the program’s third year.

“By formalizing these partnerships, we’ve identified the eligible transfer credits and courses these students will have to take during their bridge year,” said David Yokom, Queen’s program manager in a Nov. 30 news release.

Queen’s said the combination of online learning, team assignments, and on-site field training means students can study full- or part-time from anywhere in the world.

“Candidates from these three colleges will have the advantage of knowing exactly what it will take to earn a Queen’s Bachelor of Mining Engineering Technology degree before they even apply,” said Yokom.

Graduates of programs not covered by these agreements will be assessed upon admission for potential transfer credits and assigned a custom bridging curriculum.

Yokom said the BTech program has been exceeding enrolment targets and is expected to grow to fulfill the industry’s need for skilled workers.

“Partnering with Queen’s is a win-win for us,” said Aaron Klooster, Northern’s associate dean of the school of trades and technology, which includes the Haileybury School of Mines.

“Adding a leading Canadian university credential to Northern College’s well-established name in the mining diploma environment will open big doors for our graduates.”