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Program cuts at Collège Boréal in Hearst, Kap, Timmins

 Collège Boréal is suspending one program in Hearst and Kapuskasing, four programs at its Timmins campus and others across the province totalling 12.


Electrical techniques, electrical engineering technician and culinary management are among the programs getting the axe. Culinary arts will be offered as an apprenticeship instead of a diploma program.


In Hearst and Kapuskasing, the practical nursing program will also be suspended.


Collège Boréal's Marc Despatie wrote in an email Tuesday that decisions were made as part of an annual review, a part of the institution's budgetary and continued improvement processes.


“This allows us to ensure that the programs we offer our students are as closely aligned as possible with current labour market trends,” explained Despatie.


The review covers enrolment trends, student retention, program cost effectiveness, employment rates and program uniqueness.


Despatie said current students will have the opportunity to complete their program, but first-year intakes will cease immediately.


“It is impossible to know at this point if there will be job losses,” said Despatie. “There is an internal process to review teacher qualifications and evaluate whether they can teach other subjects. This process is underway, but as there are students currently in these programs no layoffs have been made.”


At the same time, the college is introducing new programs, which will be available as of September 2019. These include motive power technician – truck & coach, early childhood education administration, multidisciplinary gerontology, advanced correctional interventions for complex populations – graduate certificate and business.


Four of the five listed are provided through distance education.


Some of the programs cut at campuses in Timmins, Kapuskasing and Hearst will still be offered at other campuses like Sudbury.


Of the 12 programs cut across the province, three will continue to be offered as apprenticeships.