April 07, 2016

Belleville, Ontario, April 7, 2016 — Loyalist College is pleased to announce that it has signed an articulation agreement with Trent University that will give eligible Social Service Worker diploma graduates the opportunity to enter Trent’s four-year Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) program with advanced standing. With this pathway, students will be able to earn a diploma and degree in five years. 

“We are very pleased to be able to add this excellent opportunity to our partnerships with Trent University. This articulation agreement will provide a seamless pathway to an excellent degree program for our Social Service Worker graduates,” said Loyalist College President and CEO Maureen Piercy. “Now, more than ever, employers value graduates prepared with both a diploma and a degree.”

The pathway agreement comes into effect in September 2016. Eligible students will be granted 6.0 credits (approximately one year of study) when arriving at Trent University. Students have the option of studying at Trent’s Peterborough campus or at the Durham campus in the Greater Toronto Area.

“We’re pleased to collaborate with Loyalist College on this new articulation agreement as it accelerates pathways into Trent’s B.S.W. program,” said Dr. Susan Hillock, Director of Trent University’s Social Work program. “The agreement recognizes the excellence, knowledge and experience that these students will bring to Trent’s B.S.W. program, which continues to enrich students’ knowledge and critical thinking as well as assists them in integrating their practical experience with advanced theory.”

About B.S.W. at Trent
Launched in fall 2014, the B.S.W. program at Trent prepares graduates with the knowledge and skills needed for meaningful professional practice in a wide range of social work contexts. The recent CASWE pre-accreditation for the program will see students not only graduate from an accredited social work program, but it will also open the door to social work jobs that require recognition from a national body.

About Loyalist College
When it comes to grads getting jobs, Loyalist College is the #1 College in Ontario. According to Provincial Key Performance Indicator (KPI) results released April 2015, 89.3 percent of the College’s most recent graduates found employment within six months of graduation compared to the provincial average of 84 percent. 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 LEED® Silver certified Sustainable Skills, Technology and Life Sciences Centre 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


Media Contacts:
Kerry Lorimer, Director, Marketing & Communications,
Loyalist College,, (613) 969-1913, ext. 2536 

Marilyn Burns, Executive Director, Marketing & Communications, Recruitment & Admissions,
Trent University,, (705) 748-1011 ext. 6184