Throughout the Canadian labour market, there is an increasing demand for recent graduates with technical skills and knowledge that translate into workplace success. For 50 years, Fanshawe College has been helping people unlock their potential and achieve success by equipping graduates with these skills through experiential educational opportunities developed in response to 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 (KPI), Fanshawe ranks number one among all large colleges in graduation rate (70.4 percent), student satisfaction (77.7 percent) and graduate employment rate (87 percent).
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 with enrolment in AST programs doubling (from 1,200 to 2,500 students) over the past five years.
Those students are enrolled in one of the School’s 17 programs covering a wide range of specializations including electrical, mechanical design, environmental technologies, science lab technologies, biotechnology and manufacturing technologies. Programs include a mix of one-year certificates, two-year diplomas and three-year advanced diplomas and degrees. In addition, AST offers grad 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. The School integrates advanced equipment into classrooms, allowing students to build skills directly transferable into the workplace. The curriculum is delivered by highly-qualified faculty, many of whom come from industry background and bring with them years of practical experience. The programs also offer co-op placements and a wide range of interactions with industry employers.
In addition to co-op placements, the School of AST has developed other innovative opportunities for students to learn workplace skills. One such opportunity is what the School calls industry incubators, in which students partner with a firm to work on an idea that the firm is considering, but isn’t 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 practical application of classroom learning and place the students in an industry-like setting where they must collaborate with students from different programs to complete a complex task. Capstone projects teach project management skills and foster the invaluable learning that is achieved when different skill sets are combined to solve a problem too complex for any one individual.
The School of AST works hard to stay connected to industry and the evolving skills that are demanded in the 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 classroom that businesses around the world utilize to design some of today’s most sophisticated products. This, 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 www.fanshawec.ca/ast.
- Approximately 2,500 students enrolled in AST programs
- Fanshawe is #1 among all large colleges in:
- overall graduation rate of 70.4 per cent (exceeds the provincial average of 66.6 per cent)
- student satisfaction rate of 77.7 per cent
- graduate employment rate of 87 per cent
- Ranked #1 province-wide by our international students with an overall satisfaction rate of 92 per cent (more details here: https://www.fanshawec.ca/about-fanshawe/news/fanshawe-scores-high-marks-among-international-students)
- 180,000 alumni working around the world
- $1.6 billion – Fanshawe’s economic impact to London and surrounding area (more details here: https://www.fanshawec.ca/about-fanshawe/news/fanshawe-injects-16-billion-economy
- Applied Mechanical Design – AMD2
- Chemical Laboratory Technology – Science Laboratory – CLT1
- Electrical Engineering Technician – ELN2
- Electrical Engineering Technology – ELY7
- Electrical Engineering Technology (Co-op) – ELY6
- Electrical Techniques – ELT1
- Electromechanical Engineering Technician – EMN3
- Electromechanical Engineering Technician (Coop) – EMN2
- Electronics and Embedded Systems Development – ESD2
- Environmental Technology – ENT1
- General Machinist [Apprenticeship] – PMC21
- Honours Bachelor of Applied Technology – Biotechnology – BIO2
- Manufacturing Engineering Technician – MEN4
- Manufacturing Engineering Technician (Co-op) – MEN1
- Manufacturing Engineering Technology – MEY4
- Manufacturing Engineering Technology (Co-op) – MEY1
- Practical Elements of Mechanical Engineering – PEM1
CAMPUSES (all of Fanshawe)
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: https://www.fanshawec.ca/about-fanshawe/news/siemens-plm-software-grant-boosts-fanshawe-engineering-students
Virtual Tours: www.fanshawe.ca/virtualtour
AST page: www.fanshawec.ca/ast