Manitoba colleges would be able to offer four-year baccalaureate degrees under proposed amendments to the Colleges Act and the College universitaire de Saint Boniface Act introduced today, said Advanced Education and Literacy Minister Diane McGifford.
“New industry standards, areas of specialization, technological advances and more complex tools and equipment are all career-related trends and issues that point to the need for expanded educational opportunities for Manitoba’s post-secondary students,” McGifford said. “The province is responding to a need identified by Manitobans, industry and labour market analysts across Canada.”
The minister said she was pleased to be able to announce $250,000 which would support the development of the first proposed degree at Red River College, which would directly support Manitoba’s construction sector, pending the passage of the legislation.
The proposed legislation would support Red River College’s plans to begin the offering a degree in construction management, which would be the first program of its kind available for Manitobans.