All of Canada has seen an increasing demand for graduates with technical skills and knowledge that translate into workplace excellence. For 50 years, Ontario's Fanshawe College of Applied Arts and Technology (Fanshawe) has been helping people unlock their potential and achieve success by equipping graduates with these skills through experiential educational opportunities developed in response to changing labour market demands.

Fanshawe opened in 1967, with 720 students attending its London campus. Since then, Fanshawe has become one of Ontario’s largest colleges, offering more than 200 degree, diploma, certificate, graduate certificate, and apprenticeship programs to approximately 40,000 full- and part-time students each year at campuses in London, Simcoe, St. Thomas, and Woodstock. According to the latest key performance indicators, Fanshawe ranks number one among all large colleges in terms of graduation rate (70.4 %), student satisfaction (77.7 %), and graduate employment rate (87 %).

Across the variety of disciplines offered, Fanshawe’s School of Applied Science and Technology (AST) emphasizes the technical skills required for workplace productivity. The School is growing quickly, with enrolment in AST programs doubling—from 1,200 to 2,500 students—over the past five years.

AST students are enrolled in one of the School’s 17 programs covering a wide range of specializations, such as electrical disciplines, mechanical design, environmental technologies, science laboratory technologies, biotechnology, and manufacturing technologies. Programs include a mix of one-year certificates, two-year diplomas, and three-year advanced diplomas and degrees. AST also offers graduate certificates that supplement the theoretical background of a university degree with the practical skills necessary to succeed in the workplace.

The School of AST contributes to Fanshawe’s impressive metrics with its innovative curriculum, integrating advanced equipment into classrooms and allowing students to build transferable skills. The curriculum is delivered by highly qualified faculty, many of whom come from industry backgrounds and bring with them years of practical experience. The programs also offer co-op placements and useful interactions with prospective employers.

In addition to these placements, the School of AST has developed other unique opportunities for students to learn workplace skills. For instance, "industry incubators" see students partner with firms to work on ideas that are being considered, but aren't (yet) part of regular operations. The experience requires students to apply their education to real workplace problems and learn how to interact with industry professionals.

Students are also required to complete interdisciplinary capstone projects. These projects focus on the practical application of classroom learning and place the students in an industry-like setting where they must collaborate with students from other programs to complete a challenging task. Capstone projects teach project management skills and foster the invaluable learning that occurs when different skill sets are combined to solve a problem too complex for any one individual.

Fanshawe's School of AST works hard to stay connected to industry practices and the skills demanded by the evolving labour market. In 2017, Fanshawe announced a new academic partnership with Siemens Canada that allows the college’s engineering students to use the same software technology in their classrooms that businesses around the world utilize to design some of the world's most sophisticated engineering and electronics products. This program, among others, is an example of how Fanshawe’s curriculum is bridging the gap between classroom learning and workplace success.

For more information on Fanshawe’s School of Applied Science and Technology, visit




CAMPUSES (all of Fanshawe)

London Campus:
1001 Fanshawe College Blvd.
London, ON N5Y 5R6

Simcoe/Norfolk Regional Campus:
634 Ireland Road
Simcoe, ON N3Y 4K8

St. Thomas/Elgin Regional Campus:
120 Bill Martyn Parkway
St. Thomas, ON N5R 6A7

Woodstock/Oxford Regional Campus:
369 Finkle Street
Woodstock, ON N4V 1A3


Vertha Coligan: Dean, Faculty of Technology
Dr. Dave Machacek: Chair, Applied Science & Technology


Fanshawe recently announced a partnership with Siemens PLM to bring cutting-edge software to Fanshawe’s engineering students:


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Published on March 27, 2018

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