Keyano College and NAIT collaborate to deliver Bachelor of Business Administration degree
Agreement will allow students to take all four years of studies at Clearwater Campus
FORT McMURRAY - Business students have an opportunity to stay in the Wood Buffalo region to earn a Bachelor of Business Administration degree thanks to an agreement between Keyano College and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT).
Before an audience of business students, representatives from Keyano College and NAIT marked the collaborative Memorandum of Understanding between the two schools today in a celebration that also included Alberta's minister of Innovation and Advanced Education, the Honourable Lori Sigurdson.
"This is an excellent partnership between Keyano College and NAIT that will benefit students, both institutions and employers across northern Alberta,” said Sigurdson. “It's this type of innovative thinking that has made Alberta a great place to start and grow a business. I am pleased to see these two institutions working together to support the province's future business leaders.”
“The Keyano College Board of Governors sees the importance of offering a broad range of educational opportunities,” said Kara Flynn, chair of the Keyano College Board of Governors. “Collaborative degrees, like the Bachelor of Business Administration, provides Keyano with the opportunity to deliver the best possible mix of degree programs to our regional residents. Keyano College is proud to work with our Campus Alberta partners to enhance educational access in Wood Buffalo.”
"We are pleased to collaborate with NAIT to ensure students in Wood Buffalo will have the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree here at Keyano College. And, it is fitting that we are expanding our collaborative degree offerings during this, our 50th year, in Fort McMurray," said Dr. Kevin Nagel, Keyano College's president and CEO. “Collaborative degree offerings enhance access, ensure quality and provide the many benefits of higher education to a broader rural and Aboriginal population as well as to those in the larger urban centers. These degrees are often key to enhancing student mobility and credit transfer between institutions, and as such, play a vital role in improving regional post-secondary education.”
“As one of Canada’s leading polytechnics, NAIT recognizes the importance of collaboration between post-secondary institutions to prepare students for meaningful careers,” said Dr. Ray Block, NAIT vice president, administration and chief financial officer. “We’re excited about this partnership with Keyano. Together we will develop graduates who will be strong contributors to businesses and organizations in the Wood Buffalo region and beyond.”
From certified financial planner to a sales professional, the Bachelor of Business Administration offers a path to many career options, while the curriculum earns students exemptions and prerequisites in a range of professional accounting, finance and human resource management programs.
The first cohort of students for the degree program began studies in September. To be eligible, students must complete Keyano's two year Business Administration Diploma program, and can then be admitted directly to year three of the Bachelor of Business Administration, a NAIT degree. Both years three and four of the degree can be completed at Keyano College’s Clearwater Campus.
To learn more about the Bachelor of Business Administration, or other business programs offered by Keyano, please visit keyano.ca/business. Or contact Business Programs Chair Gina Jackson at 780-791-8952 or firstname.lastname@example.org. At NAIT, program inquiries may be directed to Keven McGhan, associate chair with the management program at 780-471-8998 or email@example.com.
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