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On Campus: Plenty to Learn at Loyalist College’s Open House

April 28, 2015

Published in The Intelligencer

Laid off? Or looking for a new career? Loyalist College wants to put you to work. Find out how during Loyalist Open House, Saturday April 25 from 10 am until 2 pm. When it comes to grads getting jobs, Loyalist is the #1 College in Ontario. According to Provincial Key Performance Indicator (KPI) results released on April 15, 89.3 per cent of Loyalist’s most recent graduates found employment within six months of graduation compared to the provincial average of 84 per cent.

Learn about Second Career, an Ontario government program that provides laid-off, unemployed individuals with skills training for high-demand jobs. Consult with Loyalist faculty and advisors about more than 60 full time programs, including two new post-graduate certificates: Entrepreneurial Studies – Business Launch and International Trade and Logistics Management.

The Entrepreneurial Studies program has received support from the Government of Ontario through Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), a member of Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE), with a $196,712 On-Campus Entrepreneurship Activities (OCEA) grant. Key program delivery partners include local entrepreneurs and the Regional Innovation Centre – Launch Lab. This is a unique College program, with a unique approach to learning. Students will work in a start-up studio lab. The program provides not only the tools, but also a learning environment where students can put those tools to work. On graduation day, they will pitch their ideas to a panel of investors. If anything can be learned from the hit CBC TV show, Dragons Den, it is that the most difficult task for emerging entrepreneurs is attracting investors. Growing a grassroots business takes time and money. Therefore, having a College community, which has local, national and international business ties, is a huge selling feature of the program. The secrets to entrepreneurial success are a combination of a number of elements, including seeing a need, creating a solution, and effectively getting the product or service to the customer. This must be complemented with a willingness to fail and to make changes to your plans, being passionate and believing strongly in your goals – and 110 per cent dedication to success.

The International Trade and Logistics Management program has received accreditation by the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council through its National Accreditation Program, a national standard of quality assurance in education and training. It prepares students with the knowledge to facilitate international trade in retail operations, logistics companies, transportation, distribution centres, and the public and private sectors. Students will navigate international business practices and customs, including compliance, risk management and the global movement of goods. During presentations and local field trips, they will learn project management skills including planning and reporting, scheduling techniques, element interdependencies, and project costing and crashing. Students will gain critical hands-on employment experience during an eight-week field placement from mid-May to mid-July.

For more information on these and other programs, visit Loyalist College during Open House on Saturday, April 25th from 10 am to 2 pm.  Discover the difference that comes from small classes, hands-on learning and amazing field placements. Find out why Loyalist has the highest graduate employment rates in Ontario!