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.

 

PROFILE

KEY STATS

 

PROGRAMS

 

CAMPUSES (all of Fanshawe)

London Campus:

1001 Fanshawe College Blvd.

London, ON N5Y 5R6

Canada

 

Simcoe/Norfolk Regional Campus:

634 Ireland Road

Simcoe, ON N3Y 4K8

Canada

 

St. Thomas/Elgin Regional Campus:

120 Bill Martyn Parkway

St. Thomas, ON N5R 6A7

Canada

 

Woodstock/Oxford Regional Campus:

369 Finkle Street

Woodstock, ON N4V 1A3

Canada

 

PERSONNEL

Vertha Coligan: Dean, Faculty of Technology

Dr. Dave Machacek: Chair, Applied Science & Technology

 

PARTNERSHIPS

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

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

Twitter:  @FanshaweCollege

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FanshaweCollege

Instagram: FanshaweCollege

 

OTHER LINKS

Virtual Tours: www.fanshawe.ca/virtualtour

AST page: www.fanshawec.ca/ast