A new agreement between Queen’s and St. Lawrence College (SLC) will allow graduates from SLC’s Civil Engineering Technology Advanced Diploma program to pursue a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering at Queen’s.

“Queen’s Engineering has long benefited through an informal but very tangible relationship with St. Lawrence College, seeing some of their graduates leverage their experience to find a home in our Civil Engineering program,” says Kevin Deluzio, Dean of Queen’s Engineering. “This more formal relationship will make it even easier and more efficient for SLC students to see their hard work and talent recognized, and to increase the options that St. Lawrence’s excellent Civil Engineering Technology diploma opens up to them.”

 “Students entering our Civil program at Queen’s from St. Lawrence have had very high success rates and positive impacts on our fourth-year capstone design course and other courses and activities,” says Ian Moore, Department Head at Queen’s Civil Engineering. “With this new agreement, we will be delighted to welcome many more enthusiastic, capable students from St Lawrence College.”

“We are grateful for this partnership with Queen’s University, as it provides yet another important way for our students and graduates to continue on with their educational goals,” says Glenn Vollebregt, SLC President and CEO. “This formalized pathway provides recognition of SLC credits earned and offers exceptional opportunities for students to further their education.”

While this agreement formalizes the partnership, SLC’s Civil Engineering Technology graduates have been continuing their civil engineering education for many years at Queen’s University, according to Eileen De Courcy, SLC’s Senior Vice President, Academic.

“This articulation agreement will benefit SLC Civil Engineering Technology graduates by granting them the opportunity to earn their degree in only three more years. By taking advantage of this new educational pathway our graduates diversify their knowledge and skill set, thereby expanding their career opportunities,” says De Courcy. “Graduates of both the diploma and degree program will have the benefit of both the practical, hands-on training earned at SLC and the theoretical education of a Queen’s degree, and the opportunity to be licensed and practice as a professional engineer anywhere in Canada.”

“Graduating from Civil Engineering Technology at SLC and continuing to complete a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at Queen’s provided a great foundation to start my career,” said Matthew Scanlan, who is now a professor in SLC’s Civil Engineering Technology program. “SLC provided a strong introduction to engineering and hands-on practical skills such as surveying and drafting, while Queen’s provided the engineering and management theory required to obtain a License as a Professional Engineer. The blend of a college and university education gave me a unique set of skills that allowed me to hold a variety of roles and responsibilities early in my career both in the office and out in the field.”

Following the completion of the Queen’s bridging program, comprised of two courses in calculus and linear algebra, qualified students of the St. Lawrence College program will be able to progress to advanced standing in the Queen’s Civil Engineering Bachelor’s Program.