Colleges Praise Decision to Allow More Students to Complete their Programs

SARNIA, June 10, 2020 – The Ontario government’s announcement today that in-person education and training at colleges will resume next month on a limited basis ensures more students will complete their programs and acquire the expertise sought by employers.

“This is tremendous news for students and for employers in key sectors who will need qualified people to help drive Ontario’s economic recovery,” said Judith Morris, President and CEO, Lambton College. “We’re very pleased with the government’s ongoing commitment to our students’ success and to the colleges’ continued delivery of high-quality programs.”

Colleges and Universities Minister Ross Romano announced today that in-person classes will resume in July in a range of college programs that require hands-on work to fulfil the programs’ requirements.

Ontario’s colleges, including Lambton College, cancelled in-person classes in March and shifted to more online delivery to protect students, faculty, employees and others from COVID-19.

Due to the dedication and tremendous efforts of faculty and staff, the transition to remote learning was very successful and Lambton College deployed innovative ways to ensure students continued to receive high-quality programs.

In some programs, due to colleges closing, the required lab work to fulfil requirements from the winter semester could not be completed. This announcement will mean that Lambton will offer a phased approach for students to complete their programs.

Colleges have continued to collaborate with Minister Romano and public health officials on the safe return of in-person classes. Lambton College has developed a plan that includes guidelines for physical distancing, protocols for cleaning and rules for using personal protective equipment (PPE).

“As the work begins to rebuild Ontario’s economy, it’s essential that colleges have the flexibility to respond quickly and effectively to changes in the labour market,” said Judith Morris. “We’re pleased with this announcement and look forward to reaching out to impacted students, in the near future, so they can complete their programs, over the summer.”

For media inquiries or more information:

Jami Kloet
Corporate Communications Coordinator
Lambton College
Telephone: 519-542-7751 ext. 3337
Mobile: 519-328-2081

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