Lakehead Secures Funding to Facilitate Degree Pathways


“Once launched, the journeys of these projects will contribute to our commitment to supporting a strong and resilient society,” says Lakehead official

Lakehead University received $60,267 from the Articulation and Transfer Council of Ontario to develop new and redesign existing health and science degrees.

“Today more than ever, ONCAT recognizes the need to create pathways leading from degree to degree in health and science disciplines,” said Shauna Love, COO and co-lead, Acting Executive Director of ONCAT.

“As the world looks to these fields to meet ever-changing health and wellness needs, strong transfer pathways are responding to students’ interest in completing studies in chemistry, biology, and science. kinesiology, but will also help meet the pressing demands of the job market,” Love said. .

Dr. Carlos Zerpa, Associate Professor in the School of Kinesiology, and Ph.D. student Kaylin Kainulainen have been awarded $47,971 to reshape and strengthen degree pathways leading to the Honors Bachelor of Kinesiology (HBK) ).

“From a broader perspective, the current global pandemic has had and continues to accumulate countless negative consequences for health and well-being,” Dr. Zerpa said.

“The demand for qualified professionals who can help individuals improve and maintain their physical and overall health is likely to increase in the near future. Creating opportunities for more students to enter this field and receive high quality training and education will help meet this demand,” he said.

Participating partners include Cambrian College of Applied Arts and Technology, Canadore College of Applied Arts and Technology, Collège Boréal, Confederation College of Applied Arts and Technology, Georgian College of Applied Arts and Technology and Sault College of Applied Arts and Technology.

Chemistry professor Dr. Craig MacKinnon and associate professor of biology Dr. Heidi Schraft received $12,296 work with Fanshawe College to develop a set of transfer pathways to and from Lakehead University through the Advanced Diploma in Chemical Laboratory Technology – Science Laboratory and the Honors BSc in Chemistry/Honours BSc in Chemistry applied life.

Additionally, the project team will assess the viability of developing additional pathways to Lakehead University’s medical concentration programs and related engineering degrees.

“Graduates of both degrees often seek additional training to access the workforce, access career advancement opportunities, and continue their lifelong learning journey,” said Dr. MacKinnon.

“Currently, graduates of the advanced degree do not have access to a formal pathway to transfer credit to a degree in chemistry or applied science in Ontario and must leave the province (and sometimes the country) to access this type of degree,” said Dr. Schraft. noted.

“With ONCAT’s support of these projects, Lakehead University is able to continue to support the development of innovative health and science pathways to university,” said Dr. Michel S. Beaulieu, Vice-President associated with studies.

“Once launched, the journeys of these projects will contribute to our commitment to supporting a strong and resilient society.”



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