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Colleges in twin Saults partner up for business education

Students enrolled in business at Sault College can earn diploma and degree in four years
From left are outgoing LSSU interim provost David Roland Finley (left); Colin Kirkwood, vice-president of academic and research at Sault College; LSSU president Rodney Hanley; LSSU business department head Mindy McCready; and David Orazietti, Sault College’s dean of aviation, trades and technology, natural environment and business. (LSSU/John Shibley)

Sault College in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., and Lake Superior State University (LSSU) in Sault Ste. Marie, MI, have partnered up to help Canadian business students fasttrack their education.

Under a new agreement, signed on June 5, students who obtain their business diploma through Sault College can now roll their earned credits into a business administration baccalaureate degree from LSSU.

The arrangement means students can earn both a diploma and a degree in only four years.

Students can earn minors in accounting, economics, marketing, international business, or human resources management along with their baccalaureate degree.

“This new pathway agreement offers our business students a tremendous opportunity to build and expand upon the knowledge and practical skills gained while studying at Sault College,” said David Orazietti, dean of aviation, trades and technology, natural environment and business at Sault College, in a news release.

“Within a four-year period, students will be able to earn both a diploma and degree, which offers them diversity in their educational training and a breadth of skills to prepare them for the workforce.” 

“We see this as a brain gain initiative for this region,” added outgoing LSSU provost David Finley. “If they go to southern Ontario or southern Michigan, they are not as likely to return.”