Local post-secondary educators are eyeing up a recent deal after the University of Saskatchewan purchased a building in downtown Prince Albert as part of its plan to open a multi-program campus.
Cumberland College has campuses located across the Northeast Saskatchewan area where students can take courses leading toward degrees from both the University of Saskatchewan and University of Regina.
President Tom Weegar said a new P.A. campus is positive news for the entire North.
“For us as a college it’s all about accessibility,” Weegar told northeastNOW. “For the university to open a new campus in P.A., that’s great accessibility for northern folks and it opens up options.”
Weegar was previously the president of a regional college on Vancouver Island before taking the position at Cumberland based in Nipawin. He said allowing opportunities for students to further their education while staying closer to home or living in a smaller centre is important.
“We form partnerships and bring degrees into our communities. It’s about accessibility and allowing our students, say a Bachelor of Education program that they otherwise couldn’t access because they are working full-time or have a family,” Weegar said.
Cumberland College has campuses in Melfort, Nipawin, and Tisdale. It offers trade certificates, English as a second language, and GED preparation courses along with full and partial university diploma courses. Weegar said partnerships with other facilities allows the schools to work together across Saskatchewan.
“We are more than likely to work together and cooperatively than we are to be competitors,” he said.
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