December 09, 2016

Belleville, Ontario, December 9, 2016 — Loyalist College is pleased to announce a new two-year certificate program, starting September 2017, which will enable students with intellectual or developmental disabilities and other significant learning challenges to pursue post-secondary education with modified programming.

Community Integration through Co-operative Education (CICE), a Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD)-approved program, will empower students with opportunities to develop skills that prepare them for the workplace and increased independence in the community.

“As a regional, access-focused College, Loyalist is committed to supporting all students, including those with intellectual disabilities, by customizing the learning experience,” said Loyalist College President & CEO Ann Marie Vaughan. “We’re extremely proud to offer CICE as it will enhance the social and economic development of individuals who are too often underrepresented in society.”

Core competencies of the CICE program include subjects such as numeracy, communications, job skills, computer skills, human relations and emergency response skills. As part of the program, students will secure field placements intended to enhance their vocational skills, involvement in the community and potential to function more autonomously as they transition to volunteer or paid employment on a part-time or full-time basis.

For more information about Loyalist’s Community Integration through Co-operative Education program, visit

About Loyalist College

We put you to work™. When it comes to grads getting jobs, 87.4 percent of the College’s most recent graduates found employment within six months of graduation compared to the provincial average of 83.6 percent, according to Provincial Key Performance Indicator (KPI) results released in April 2016. Located on more than 200 acres in the beautiful Bay of Quinte region, Loyalist College is a close-knit community where students and their success come first. Loyalist provides personalized attention in small classes, rewarding field placements and superior student services. To prepare students for in-demand careers, Loyalist offers more than 60 full-time programs; apprenticeships; and hundreds of online, distance and in-class courses, as well as opportunities for continuing education through more than 70 university transfer agreements. The College’s wide selection of advanced diplomas, diplomas and certificates aligns with market-driven disciplines including applied sciences, biosciences, building sciences, business and management studies, health sciences, human studies, justice studies, media, arts and design, and skills and technology. In Ontario, the College’s new Digital Media Centre and The Bay of Quinte Skills Centre, which is LEED® Silver certified, are training centres of choice for students, as well as College business and industry partners. The College is a key driver of the social and economic health and prosperity of the area and contributes 5.4 percent to the Gross Regional Product. This represents an overall effect on the regional economy of $530 million – based on a 2014 Report by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). For more information on the College’s Belleville and Bancroft campuses, visit

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Media Contact: Kerry Lorimer, Director of Marketing and Communications, Loyalist College,, (613) 969-1913, ext. 2536