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Algonquin, Nipissing University sign agreement to support indigenous students

September 9, 2016
Cheryl and the president of Nipissing University, Dr. Mike DeGagné, signed a letter of intent on Friday that supports opportunities for indigenous students at Algonquin College and Nipissing.

The agreement means Algonquin and Nipissing will explore opportunities to collaborate on the creation of pathways for indigenous students who want to pursue a diploma and a degree.

The focus is on the School of Business, the Faculty of Health, Public Safety and Community Studies, Applied Research and Innovation, the Institute for Indigenous Entrepreneurship and the Algonquin College Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IgniteAC).

The signing took place immediately following the Future of Health and Wellness Speaker Series event, at which DeGagné was the guest speaker.

Read the press release:

Algonquin College

Sep 09, 2016
Algonquin College-Nipissing University Agreement
OTTAWA — Today the President of Algonquin College, Cheryl Jensen, and the President of Nipissing University, Dr. Mike DeGagné, signed an important Letter of Intent that supports opportunities for Indigenous students at both institutions.

“I am very proud to collaborate with Nipissing University in this worthy partnership,” said Jensen. “Algonquin College is committed to offering our many Indigenous students a cutting-edge student experience that will provide them with innovative pathways and opportunities for success. This partnership builds on the very successful pathways we currently have with Nipissing University.”

The agreement, which was signed at Algonquin College’s Ottawa campus, allows both schools to explore opportunities for collaboration to create new pathways Indigenous students interested in obtaining both a diploma and a degree. Specifically, it outlines a focus on the following program areas and departments:

• The School of Business
• Faculty of Health, Public Safety, and Community Studies
• Applied Research and Innovation
• The Institute for Indigenous Entrepreneurship
• The Algonquin College Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IgniteAC)

agreement takes effect immediately and will remain in place for three years before it must be renewed.

“Nipissing University is committed to creating opportunities for aboriginal students to succeed and this partnership is an important step in building innovative pathways leading to that success,” said DeGagné. “We are very excited to be working with our partners at Algonquin College to build a better, stronger Ontario and Canada by offering exceptional educational opportunities tailored to the specific needs of indigenous students.”

For more information please contact:
Jean-Guy Fréchette, Associate Director, Government and Stakeholder Relations
Office: 613-727-4723 ext. 6427

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About Algonquin College and Nipissing University: 

The mission of Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology is to transform hopes and dreams into lifelong success. Algonquin College, an Ontario public sector community college, does this by offering hands-on, digitally connected, experiential learning in more than 185 programs. Based in the Ottawa Valley, Algonquin College is the largest polytechnic institute in Eastern Ontario.

Nipissing University is a primarily undergraduate university dedicated to providing a personalized student experience. Nipissing offers master-level graduate programs in education, history, mathematics and environmental science/environmental studies, and a PhD in Education with a focus on Educational Sustainability.