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Sault university will offer full online degrees

Algoma University will be one of first in province to make the move
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Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie (Darren Taylor/SooToday)

Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie is set to become one of the first post-secondary institutions in the province to market full online degrees.

With $3 million from the province, the school plans to set up a new e-learning platform to offer online degree programs in business, economics, computer science, health, and environmental sciences.

Funds from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corp. will go toward adding infrastructure and hiring instructors.

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"The generous funding provided by NOHFC combined with ongoing support from the Ministry of Colleges and Universities will help expand access to quality university education programming for countless students from across Northern Ontario and beyond," Algoma University president Asima Vezina said in a Nov. 27 news release.

"Ultimately, this initiative will provide high-quality, student-centred university programming opportunities to those living in remote, rural, and Indigenous communities, while simultaneously supporting the economic recovery and workforce development needs required to ensure a brighter future for the region."

The initiative is expected to create 71 jobs over the next five years.