Sault College has launched a School of Business, with a goal of enrolling 600 students within the next five years. Approximately 100 students have been taking business studies at the local college in diploma, post-graduate and continuing education offerings in the past year.
Business dean Colin Kirkwood said the school represents one of the largest opportunities available to the college in many years and builds on a very high level of student satisfaction with the business programs.
“A recent student survey shows 91 per cent of Sault College business students were either satisfied or very satisfied with their programs or courses,” Kirkwood said in a release. “We now need to translate that satisfaction into strong enrolment figures through our recruitment and promotion of the School of Business.”
The interest in the college’s business studies is also supported by the fact there have been some 17 thousand hits on business pages of its corporate website over the past several months. The new School of Business will be supported through the college’s social media tools, including the college website, which will make it easy for students to access information about the business programs and courses and enrolment requirements.
Among the school’s new offerings will be a “pathway” business package which will allow a student to graduate with a business diploma and a public relations and event management post-graduate certificate in three years.
Sault College will also be working with Humber College to present a business administration-professional golf management program through the School of Business. Details on this new program will be available soon on the college’s website and there will be an information session in mid-July to provide more information on this educational opportunity.
Most of the School of Business classes are housed in the new 75,000-square-foot Essar Hall, whose business classrooms are equipped with state-of-the-art audio and visual instructional equipment.