Sault College is moving its peace and conflict studies program to Toronto and teaming up with College Boreal for optional French delivery of the two-year program.

A memorandum of understanding, signed Friday by presidents Ron Common and Pierre Riopel, outlines how the two post-secondary institutions will work together.

Sault College began offering the only diploma program of its kind in Ontario in September 2010.

Seven peace and conflict majors will finish the program in Sault Ste. Marie.

Other students, including academic and career entrance, community integration through co-operative education and continuing education students have taken program courses as electives.

Instruction begins in January at College Boreal’s campus at 1 Yonge St. Students also have the option of a fall start. Two faculty members will move to Toronto.

The program’s move to the provincial capital will give students “access to a wider array of related global activities, advocacy work, social movements and peace organizations,” Common said in a statement. “The opportunities to partner with like-minded individuals are significant.”

Students are required to complete a 250-hour field practicum.

The two schools began exploring a partnership about two years ago. The signed agreement is for five years “with the hope of continuing collaborations thereafter,” said Susan Hunter, Sault College director of marketing and communications, in an email.

“Management teams at both of the Northern colleges recognized a unique partnership opportunity for Ontario’s two premier colleges in offering strong post-secondary peace education programming.”

Sault College expects to draw applicants from high school graduates, adult learners, newcomers to Canada and persons wanting a second career.

The program was promoted at Newcomers Toronto Fair, for new and settled immigrants, Sept. 13-14.

Peace and conflict studies promotes social justice, human rights, violence prevention and cultural diversity.

The pact signed with College Boreal is the latest partnership Sault College has struck with other post-secondary institutions.

An aircraft structural repair program is based at Fanshawe College. A millwright apprenticeship is at Durham College.

Students interested in Humber College’s golf management program can take required business courses at Sault College before continuing their studies at the Toronto college.

Sault College also works with Laurentian University (collaborative bachelor of science in nursing) and has articulation agreements with Lake Superior State University. The most recent pact with LSSU, signed in March, allows college students who complete a two-year business diploma program to earn a business administration degree from Lake State in two years.

b.kelly@sunmedia.ca

This was originally posted on 9/21/14 in the Sault Star