May 31, 2018

Belleville, Ontario, May 31, 2018 – Graduates of six Loyalist College two- and three-year diploma programs now have the opportunity to earn a degree at the Institute of Technology Tralee, Ireland, in as little as one academic year.

Qualified graduates from the following Loyalist programs are eligible for advanced standing entry into the corresponding Institute of Technology Tralee bachelor programs, with full credit recognition. This means that at IT Tralee, Loyalist diploma graduates can earn a degree in one year and an honours degree in just one more year, while Loyalist advanced diploma graduates can earn an honours degree in one year. 

 Loyalist College Qualified Graduates

Access to Institute of Technology Tralee
Bachelor Programs

1) Animation Three-Year Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Animation, Visual Effects and Motion Design (Year 4)

2) Business Administration Three-Year Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Bachelor of Business Studies (Honours) – Accounting (Year 4) 

Bachelor of Business Studies (Honours) – Management (Year 4)

3) Culinary Management Two-Year Ontario College Diploma

Bachelor of Arts in Culinary Arts (Year 3)

4) Early Childhood Education Two-Year Ontario College Diploma

Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Care and Education (Year 3)

5) Fitness & Health Promotion Two-Year Ontario College Diploma

Bachelor of Science in Health and Leisure (Year 3)

 6) Manufacturing Engineering Technician Two-Year Ontario College Diploma

Bachelor of Engineering in Manufacturing and Mechatronic Engineering (Year 3)

“Loyalist continues to establish new diploma-to-degree pathways to give Loyalist graduates more options to seamlessly and cost effectively earn a combination of credentials that will give them a competitive advantage in the marketplace. IT Tralee is recognized worldwide for its teaching excellence. Like Loyalist, Tralee offers an excellent staff-to-student ratio, which ensures that all students receive personal attention and support in reaching their full potential.” – Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan, President & CEO, Loyalist College

“We are delighted to initiate this pathway partnership agreement with Loyalist College. From the first time our staff met, we knew that there was a natural fit between our two colleges. Loyalist graduates are assured of a warm welcome in Tralee and of career-enhancing qualifications. We look forward to working with Loyalist College. Two prestigious international colleges working together can only be of mutual benefit to our respective institutions and our students.” – Dr. Oliver Murphy, President, Institute of Technology Tralee

While the application deadline is normally June 1 for entry to an IT Tralee program the following September, this year’s deadline has been extended to June 30 to accommodate Loyalist students interested in pursuing the new pathway. All Loyalist students with the required diploma or advanced diploma and a GPA of 60 percent are eligible for admission to relevant IT Tralee programs. Click here for details about IT Tralee and its international offerings. Inquiries about degree opportunities with IT Tralee can be sent to or to

About Loyalist College
Loyalist is Ontario’s destination College, a deliberate choice of students and community for quality programs and student engagement, enabled by a creative, innovative and supportive organizational and learning culture. Located on more than 200 acres in the beautiful Bay of Quinte region, the College is perfectly positioned between Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. Loyalist prepares students for rewarding careers through more than 70 full-time diploma, advanced diploma, certificate and apprenticeship programs in applied sciences, biosciences, building sciences, business, health sciences, human studies, justice studies, media studies, skills and technology. Through the College’s 100+ university transfer agreements, many Loyalist diploma graduates earn a degree in as little as one additional year. Continuing education options are also available through, including hundreds of online, distance and in-class courses. The College is a key driver of social and economic health in rural-urban eastern Ontario. It contributes 5.4 percent to the Gross Regional Product, representing $530 million annually to the regional economy – based on a 2014 report by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). Loyalist collaborates with industry partners in various fields on applied research projects, creating amazing learning experiences for students and faculty. The College’s Applied Research Centre for Natural Products and Medical Cannabis (ARC) is Canada’s only College with a laboratory approved to conduct research with cannabis under the Narcotic Control Regulations. For more information on Loyalist’s Belleville and Bancroft campuses and Port Hope satellite location, visit

About IT Tralee
The Institute of Technology Tralee (IT Tralee) was established in 1977 as the Regional Technical College, Tralee and in 1992 became the Institute of Technology, Tralee. The Institute currently has 3,500 full & part-time students, employs 350 staff, and provides a financial contribution of over €60m annually to the local economy.  IT Tralee is located in County Kerry, in the scenic South-West of Ireland and currently has over 70 nationalities on campus. The Institute has three principal schools: School of Business, Computing & Humanities, School of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics, and School of Health & Social Sciences. All programs at the College are developed to serve the needs of the local economy, local industrial activity and local society but from a global perspective. The ethos of the College is that all its graduates are “employment ready.” This means that there is a heavy practical content in the delivery of all programs, significant involvement of local industry partners, and all students have the opportunity to take a semester-long work experience.

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Contact: Kerry Lorimer, Director, Marketing, Communications and Recruitment, Loyalist College,, 613-969-1913 ext. 2536