SMA between Cambrian, Ontario emphasizes innovative teaching, graduate employment rates

August 13, 2014

The strategic mandate agreement (SMA) signed between Ontario and Cambrian College emphasizes Cambrian’s innovative use of experiential learning, collaborative approaches to teaching, and applied research opportunities, as well as Cambrian’s leadership in reaching “at-risk” learners. The SMA notes Cambrian’s strong collaborative work with employers and community partners, as well as the college’s strengths in applied research and as a critical regional employer. The province also highlighted Cambrian’s strong employment rate, as well as the fact that Cambrian graduates' rate of employment in fields related to their studies is 56.6%, the highest among all Ontario colleges. According to the SMA, Cambrian’s areas of institutional strength include its strong co-op programs, its emphasis on e-learning courses, its high rate of student satisfaction, and its first-to-second-year retention rate. Ontario also indicated its support for Cambrian’s planned Co-curricular Record Program. The SMA identifies gas technician, refrigeration and air condition systems mechanic, and residential and air conditioning systems mechanic apprenticeships as proposed areas of growth, as well as automotive service technician, power engineering, health and community services, and environmental mining. Cambrian SMA