St. Lawrence College, Ontario
|Business, Community Services, Applied Science & Computing, Health Science, Justice Studies & Applied Arts, Skilled Trades & Tourism|
|Students||6,700 full time, 20,000 part-time|
|Undergraduates||Business Administration, Behavioural Psychology, and Nursing|
|Location||Kingston, Ontario, Canada|
|Campus||Kingston, Cornwall, Brockville|
|Sports teams||Vikings, Sharks, Schooners|
|Colours||Red and Black|
|Mascot||Vikings, Schooners, Sharks|
|Affiliations||CCAA, ACCC, AUCC, CBIE|
Prior to the 1960s, only trade schools co-existed with universities in the province of Ontario at the post-secondary level, and many of those trade schools were established primarily to help veterans reintegrate into society in the post-war years. In response to an increasing need for technical education, Premier William Davis, regarded now as the “father of the Ontario College System”, established Ontario's colleges of applied arts and technology to train individuals for employment in their respective communities. St. Lawrence College was founded during this period in 1967 as part of the province's initiative to create many such institutions. These schools were designed to provide career-oriented diploma and certificate courses, as well as continuing education programs in the communities in which they are located.
Brockville was originally proposed as the site for the main campus of St. Lawrence College, but Kingston was ultimately selected, since its larger population base would allow it to support a full campus. For the site, a 59-acre (24 ha) piece of farmland was purchased from the Ontario Psychiatric Hospital (now operated by Providence Continuing Care Centre) located at King St. W. and Portsmouth Ave. Brockville would retain a smaller campus, while the Cornwall and Kingston campuses were designed to serve six counties in Eastern Ontario (namely Frontenac, Leeds, Grenville, Dundas, Stormont and Glengary).
Some of the earliest full-time courses offered included such programs as Business Administration, Home Economics, Early Childhood Education, Engineering Technology, and Electronics Technician. Today, about 89 programs are offered.
In response to increasing enrolment, in part due to the double cohort, Ontario college's have received funding for expansion in recent years, including St. Lawrence College which has grown considerably since its founding.
Academics and reputation
The college has approximately 6,700 full-time students and 20,000 part-time registrants in 89 academic programs and employs 829 full- and part-time staff; this includes 414 faculty. The school has one of the highest rated Music Theatre - Performance programs in the country, which is located at the Brockville campus.
St. Lawrence College has received accreditation to offer Baccalaureate Degree programs in the following areas:
- Bachelor of Applied Arts Degree in Behavioural Psychology
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN)
- Bachelor of Business Administration (in partnership with Laurentian University)
In addition, St. Lawrence College's Graphic Design program is a 3-year, Ontario College Advanced Diploma program starting each September, located at the SLC campus in Kingston.
KPI (Key Performance Indicators) Annual Results for April 2013 indicate the following statistics for St. Lawrence College:
- 93.6% of employers were satisfied with the quality of the educational preparation of St. Lawrence College graduates.
- 90.5% of SLC graduates found employment within six months of graduation.
- 84.1% of graduates were satisfied with the usefulness of their SLC education in achieving their goals after graduation.
- 81.3% of students were satisfied with the overall quality of services, programming and resources available to them at SLC.
Schools and faculty
- Community Services
- Applied Science and Computing
- Health Science
- Justice Studies & Applied Arts
- Skilled Trades & Tourism
Scholarships and bursaries
The Government of Canada sponsors an Aboriginal Bursaries Search Tool that lists over 680 scholarships, bursaries, and other incentives offered by governments, universities, and industry to support Aboriginal post-secondary participation. St. Lawrence College scholarships for Aboriginal, First Nations and Métis students include: Brown's First Nations Opportunities Bursary; Aboriginal Postsecondary Education and Training Bursary.
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- Aboriginal Bursaries Search Tool
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