Three Ontario colleges launch business degree for tradespeople

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Ontario Construction News staff writer

Algonquin College, George Brown College and Mohawk College have created a new four-year honours degree in Business Administration, focusing on people working in skilled trades – the first of its kind in Ontario.

“Trades-related entrepreneurs are a significant economic force, and this program will help them navigate the increasingly complex challenges of operating and growing their businesses during a time of immense opportunity, all with the flexibility to learn based on their own timetables,” said Claude Brulé, Algonquin College president and CEO.

The program begins in September, with all instruction provided virtually. It’s intended for people working in the skilled trades sector who are looking to grow their own businesses, take on greater responsibilities in their current work environments, or pursue management careers in medium-to-large organizations.

Studies will focus on business administration, managerial skills, accounting, project management, leadership, marketing, communication and applied research competencies and will be combined with 420 hours of structured work experiences (or equivalent), for which students receive credit.

Graduates will have competencies in the human resources, marketing, finance and accounting aspects of skilled trades business operations and a grounding in research, executing strategic plans, assessing risk and fostering healthy workforce and business growth.

Applicants who already possess a trades credential, including apprenticeship and journey persons, may only be required to do two years study to complete the degree, depending on a assessment.

“Mohawk College is proud to be partnered with Algonquin College and George Brown College to deliver this ground-breaking program, offering tradespeople an opportunity to expand their skillsets through a flexible online option to pursue a business degree,” said Ron J. McKerlie, Mohawk College president and CEO.

“Business administration has become increasingly sophisticated in the trades sectors. This program recognizes and builds on students’ experience in trades and helps them develop the business skills they need to advance in their careers.”

To learn more about the Bachelor of Business Administration (Trades Management) (Hons) program click here.

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