Northern College & Algoma University Expand Partnership


Today, representatives from Northern College and Algoma University joined together to sign new “2+1” and “2+2” Academic Pathway and updated Joint Admission agreements to support enhanced student mobility between the College and the University.

The expanded partnership between the two Northern Ontario based post-secondary institutions establishes new transfer pathways, including business offerings delivered by the Algoma University School of Business and Economics, which maximize credit recognition allowing students from designated Northern College diploma programs to seamlessly transition to the University to complete a degree in a related subject area.  The agreements streamline and harmonize the student experience so that credits are directly acknowledged and accepted.
Northern College Diploma Program
Algoma University Degree Program

Business- Accounting
Bachelor of Business Administration

Computer Engineering Technician
Bachelor of Computer Science
This expanded partnership strengthens each institution’s commitment to supporting the postsecondary aspirations of The delivery location for each program is dependent on the area of study.   A feasibility study is being conducted by the NORDIK Institute to examine the potential to expand Algoma’s program offerings on the Timmins campus of Northern College, a location where Algoma has delivered Social Work and Community Development degree completion programming since 2010.

“The Northeastern Catholic District School Board proudly supports the partnership between Northern College and Algoma University, as they further develop post-secondary pathways options for learners in the north.   We applaud the efforts of both institutions as they continue to collaborate to meet the needs of learners. We acknowledge their unwavering commitment to improve outcomes and we stand in full support of this exciting opportunity for learners in Northern Ontario.” Tricia Stefanic Weltz, Director of Education, Northeastern Catholic District School Board.

Thanks to the generous support of eCampus Ontario, the institutions have collaborated to develop a fully online Computer Science Bridging Program. The program facilitates mobility for students from Northern College’s Computer Engineering Technician (CET) diploma program to ladder seamlessly into Algoma University’s Bachelor of Computer Science degree program. This new program is a 2+1 with students completing the CET program in two years, followed by a series of online bridging courses from May-August. In the fall, students complete an additional two semesters of full-time study at Algoma University to earn a Bachelor of Computer Science degree. Durham College played a strong supporting role in the development of the online bridge, helping Northern and Algoma build capacity for online development and delivery.  Eligible students are able to start the online bridge this May.

“Northern College is pleased to be collaborating with Algoma University in these uniquely designed program articulations. Through a joint admissions process students have the ability to obtain their college diploma and if their aspirations see them proceeding on to undergraduate studies, they will attain an undergraduate degree with two additional years of study, stated Dr. Fred Gibbons, President & CEO of Northern College. “This 2+2 pathway allows students who would otherwise have had to leave the area to pursue university studies to do so now right at home. This is convenient, cost-effective and more importantly, keeps our young adults at home where they can obtain a college diploma and university degree and proceed to enter the local workforce. This model of post-secondary education helps to better manage the critical workforce needs of the city and region.”

The new “2+2” Pathway and Joint Admissions agreements align with both institutions’ strategic priorities to expand postsecondary access and enhance the overall educational experience for students.  Both institutions are committed to working with regional partners and all levels of Government to expand postsecondary access, stimulate socio-economic growth, and encourage the development needed to support current and future workforce and leadership capacity needs in Ontario.

“Expanding the breadth of post-secondary programming within the City provides new opportunities for youth and residents to obtain their first and second post-secondary credentials right here at home.  The City enthusiastically supports the continued relationship between Northern College and Algoma University. Alliances of this nature will ensure the ongoing economic viability of Northern College and its continuous contribution to the Timmins economy.”  George Pirie, Mayor, City of Timmins.

“We are very excited about university pathway opportunities for students in the North. This articulation agreement will support a positive future story for our students while providing them with the opportunity to remain in the North.” Lesleigh Dye, Director of Education, District School Board Ontario North East.