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Why Wait?

December 03, 2014

It may seem like the time is never quite perfect to start a new chapter in your life. But why wait? A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Loyalist College offers a variety of programs starting in January that can put you on the path to a new career in the New Year. There are more than 20 programs available in health, human and justice studies, biosciences, skilled trades, business and management, or media, arts and design, offering practical hands-on training from instructors who have a wealth of experience in their field.

Mariah Brough graduated with a diploma in Business last spring. “It was nearly fall when I decided to apply to the program,” she explains. “I thought I would have to wait a full year before I could start school, but luckily, Loyalist had a lot of programs starting in January. I applied and was accepted a few weeks later.”

A diploma in Business gives students skills they can apply in a wide range of industries, from skilled trades to professional sports.

“Starting in January benefited me a lot more than I expected,” Mariah says. “The class sizes were small, and the workload was condensed into a shorter period of time. I took so much from the program, and made so many great connections.” Her positive experience in the two-year program led her to pursue a Public Relations post-graduate certificate at Loyalist.  

New this year, Loyalist is offering January admission to three programs in the biosciences. The Biotechnology, Chemical Engineering and Environmental Technician/Technologist programs will open doors for graduates to make an impact in the fight against hunger, pollution abatement or the development of alternative fuels. Depending on the day, learning experiences can take students through labs equipped with the latest instrumentation in Loyalist’s Sustainable Skills, Technology and Life Sciences Centre, or out to the middle of a stream.

Down the hall, another group of students will begin their studies this January in a very different environment. Students in the Esthetics and Spa Management program run The Spa at Loyalist, an on-campus day spa and retail boutique, delivering full esthetic services to the public for a fraction of the cost. Students perform a full range of salon and spa services in a supervised environment, including manicures, pedicures, facials, hair removal, make-up artistry, aromatherapy and hot stone massage.

Practical training in Loyalist’s justice studies programs prepares students to provide a different kind of service to the public. Two-year diplomas in Customs Border Services, Community and Justice Services, Police Foundations and Protection, Security and Investigation lead to a wide variety of careers, from working with troubled youth to securing our borders. A common first-year curriculum gives students the flexibility to explore their interests and move seamlessly into the second year of any of the four streams.

Whether you are looking to go further in your current career, or take the first steps towards the job you’ve always dreamed of, Loyalist has a wide variety of options in the New Year to help you on your journey. For a full list of programs starting in January, visit