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New Agreements with Ontario Colleges to Draw More Students to Trent University


Computer Science Opportunities Give Students New Skills for Lucrative Careers

Monday, March 3, 2009, Peterborough

In a world that depends heavily on computing and information systems, Trent University has recently signed and renewed seven agreements with five Ontario community colleges to enable college graduates with a diploma in Computing to receive advanced standing in the Department of Computing & Information Systems at Trent.

Graduates from this program go on to pursue lucrative careers as systems analysts, website developers, network managers, software engineers, database administrators and even, chief information officers.

“With our new programs and specializations in place, we look forward to continuing and strengthening our mutually-beneficial relationships with Ontario colleges. It is indeed a win-win-win situation for our students, our faculty, and our University,” said Dr. Brian G. Patrick, chair of the Department of Computing & Information Systems at Trent. “We take enormous pride in the success of our students. After all, their success is our validation of an ongoing commitment to excellence and inspiration.”

Agreements have been signed with Fleming, Durham, Loyalist, Seneca and Georgian Colleges. Students who complete a three-year diploma at one of these colleges in either Computer Programming and Analysis or Computer Science Technology with an average of at least 75% will receive an equivalent of 10 credits toward their Honours B.Sc. in Computing Systems. With this head start, college graduates in Computing have the chance to complete, in only two years, their University degree in Computing Systems with a possible specialization in either Computer Science or Software Engineering. In these difficult times, it is a wonderful opportunity to maximize an educational experience with an economy of time and money.

“We are very pleased with these new and revised agreements that will provide successful college graduates with an efficient pathway to completing their degree at Trent,” said Karen Maki, director of Distance and Continuing Education & College Partnerships at Trent University. “This brings us to over 25 articulation agreements in place with Ontario community colleges, with several more under development. Our articulation agreements and other transfer credit opportunities are an important part of Trent's strategy to recruit and retain well qualified students to Trent.”

Trent’s B.Sc. program in Computing Systems teaches students to design, implement and integrate software applications for any number of hardware devices, from supercomputers to game boards. Students use the latest theories, methodologies and techniques to ensure that applications are correct, well-written and reliable. Students also learn to appreciate the role of computing and information systems in a broader context and to understand the far-reaching ethical, cultural and legal implications of digital technology.


For more information about the new and renewed articulation agreements, please contact:
Karen Maki, director, Distance and Continuing Education & College Partnerships, Trent University, (705) 748-1011 x7133

For more information about the Computing & Information Systems program at Trent, please contact:
Dr. Brian G. Patrick, chair, Department of Computing & Information Systems, Trent University, (705) 748-1011 x7804