Lakehead University and Georgian College are partnering up once again in offering new programs for post-secondary students.
There will be two new 4-year degree-diploma programs starting in 2017.
The first is a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) degree with Electrical Engineering Technology advanced diploma -- the first program of its kind being offered in Central Ontario.
The other is an Honours Bachelor of Arts and Science Environmental Sustainability (Specialization in Ecosystem Management) degree with Environmental Technician diploma.
Georgian's VP of Academic and Student Engagement Dr. Catherine Drea says they heard from employers and the community that engineering degrees are needed in Simcoe County.
She says before students had to go post-secondary institutions in other cities in order to get engineering degrees.
Drea says students are able to get a degree and a diploma in four years instead of six.
She says it is great for employers and taxpayers because it means students will be job ready sooner and it will not cost as much.
Drea says students are very interested in the area of engineering and environmental sustainability.
She says they are also interested in obtaining a degree and a diploma in four years.
The programs were announced coinciding with the open house at both Lakehead University and Georgian College tomorrow (SAT).
Lakehead's Preview Day runs from 12 Noon to 4 PM at the Orillia Campus.
Georgian's Fall Open House takes place at all seven of their campuses from 9 AM to 2 PM.