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Northern technology grads can earn Bachelor of Science degree

WINNIPEG, MB – The resource development boom underway in the North and specifically Nunavut requires a well-educated and skilled workforce. Nunavut Arctic College and The University of Winnipeg recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding which will see graduates of the College’s Environmental Technology Program transfer to Winnipeg to continue their educations and earn Bachelor of Science degrees.

The Conference Board of Canada forecasts that Nunavut’s economy will continue to grow at an average rate of 9.2 per cent over the next five years. Expertise is especially needed in the mining sector and for those who design and apply policies related to environmental management and protection, conservation and wildlife officers and lab technicians, among others.  A diploma/certificate combined with a degree provides students with an enhanced academic foundation and technical expertise.

“The University of Winnipeg is committed to creating seamless pathways into post-secondary education for non-traditional students, recognizing it is our responsibility to be responsive to the real needs of today’s learner and the marketplace,” said Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, President and Vice-Chancellor, UWinnipeg.”This partnership with Nunavut is of particular significance as we have attracted expert faculty and dedicated students within our Richardson College for the Environment which has a focus on research related to the global North, climate change, sustainability and Indigenous science.”

“This partnership will build on our more than 25 years of success offering quality environmental technology programming and training in Nunavut,” said Arctic College President Michael Shouldice. “Working together, our institutions will support valuable learning opportunities that support our students developing the skills and experience needed to pursue careers in the environmental sciences.”

Under today’s agreement, graduates of NAC’s program will be able to transfer up to 45 credit hours to UWinnipeg, obtaining credits for courses in Environmental Studies and Sciences, Geography, and Rhetoric, Writing and Communications. The credits will be applied to the 4-Year BSc program, Global Environmental Systems. It provides students with a broad range of knowledge and skills related to environmental issues and management.

“Developing opportunities to build human capacity in the environmental sciences is critical,” said the Hon. Paul Quassa, Minister of Education and Minister Responsible for Nunavut Arctic College. “As the mineral exploration and mining sectors of our economy continue to grow, so too will our need for a home-grown, skilled and qualified workforce.”

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Nunavut Arctic College has a strong commitment to provide high quality educational opportunities to all residents of Nunavut. The College has five campuses: Nunatta Campus and the Nunavut Research Institute Science Campus in Iqaluit, Kivalliq Campus and the Nunavut Trades Training Centre in Rankin Inlet and the Kitikmeot Campus, located in Cambridge Bay. Community Learning Centres are located in all 25 communities of Nunavut.


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