Fall 2020

SUBJECT: Loyalist College Announces Program-Specific Fall Semester Delivery Plans
DATE: June 17, 2020

Good afternoon,

As you may be aware, Loyalist College will offer blended program delivery this Fall. What does this mean for you? Click here for a list of programs and how each will be delivered. 

With our small class sizes and spacious campus, we are able to offer some face-to-face instruction in 65 percent of our full-time in-class programs, to complement remote delivery.

Our academic teams have been working closely to develop creative approaches and schedules to maximize students’ opportunities to gain hands-on experiences with specialized equipment in labs and shops. Building on our leadership in distance studies, our exceptional faculty continue to provide students with personalized applied learning both in-person and remotely. We will not let the pandemic prevent you from getting ahead and progressing with your career.

There are extensive financial, academic, social, physical health and mental well-being supports in place and readily available to help you succeed. You can apply for a one-time bursary for up to $1,000 towards the cost of tuition through Loyalist’s $1M fund for needs-based financial assistance. There’s also short-term Federal government funding. It’s an excellent time to take advantage of this one-time funding to gain new marketable skills and credentials.

We are redesigning our Student Success Services online to easily connect you with mentors, resources and informational sessions, such as our Learn 2 Learn sessions and tutoring services, summer ‘Smart Start Loyalist’ online transition course, and our new Student Remote Learning Kit website. Throughout the summer, we’re here to walk you through the many services to find what is right for you.  

As a small, nimble College, we’re reconfiguring our facilities to ensure physical distancing for your safety and that of our employees. Complimentary face masks will be made available to those on campus.

As COVID-19 restrictions begin to ease there may be more opportunities to return to campus. Our Pandemic Planning Committee has mapped out a phased return, the timing of which will be informed by public health authorities. Please keep in mind that all program delivery plans are subject to change, and updates will be communicated directly with students as well as through loyalistcollege.com/coronavirus.

I look forward to welcoming you to Loyalist during our new online Fall Orientation program! It will be a great chance to meet your faculty members, make friends, and experience student life. If there is anything you need before then, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us through your program teams or the College website.

Sincerely,

Ann Marie Vaughan
President and CEO
Loyalist College


SUBJECT: Loyalist College Announces Fall Semester Program Delivery Plans
DATE: May 28, 2020

We’ve got your back – during this time of transition – and always. 

This Fall, Loyalist will offer blended program delivery including a combination of in-person classes for some programs, as permitted by health care officials, and robust remote delivery for other programs. These are interim measures until it’s safe for us all to return to campus. 

While our delivery will include various modes, our student support services are being redesigned to ensure that we are here to support you every step of the way. At Loyalist College, the student is at the centre of everything we do and that will continue regardless of the way in which our programs are delivered.

As Canada continues to self-isolate, there’s never been a better time to gain new marketable skills and credentials so that when we emerge from this pandemic, you’re ready to launch, advance or change careers. 

For details about the start or continuation of your program, please review the messages from the President below:

SUBJECT: In this time of transition – we are here to support you. Loyalist College Announces Fall semester program delivery plans
DATE: May 28, 2020

This Fall, we hope you’ll join us at Loyalist, Ontario’s Destination College, where faculty, staff and students care personally about you and your success. Loyalist provides the most supportive post-secondary education experience anywhere. In Loyalist’s small classes, you’ll never be a number, whether that’s in-person or online. Second to none are our Student Success services and Student Life programs, which we’ve amped up online to meet your needs in response to COVID-19. We know these last few months have been incredibly difficult – and we’re here for you – to help you get ahead.

As Canada continues to self-isolate, there’s never been a better time to gain new marketable skills and credentials so that when we emerge from this pandemic, you’re ready to launch, advance or change careers. Take advantage of new one-time short-term Federal funding, including the CESB, CSSG and CERB, as well as Loyalist’s $1M fund for student needs-based financial assistance. With additional funding to help pay for College, it makes sense to start this Fall semester, which runs September 9 to December 18, with study week (no classes) from October 26 to 30.

We’ve got your back – during this time of transition – and always. As a small, caring College, we’ll never lose that personal touch for which Loyalist is known. A recent survey of our current students revealed they feel supported both academically and personally, despite moving to remote delivery mid-semester. That means everything to us. We’ve drawn on our rich history as a leader in distance studies to make our remote classes as engaging and interactive online as they are in person. Our exceptional faculty go above and beyond to get to know you one-on-one, leverage your strengths and offer supports where you need them.

This Fall, Loyalist will offer blended program delivery including a combination of in-person classes for some programs, as permitted by health care officials, and robust remote delivery for other programs. These are interim measures until it’s safe for us all to return to campus. In a small number of programs, we may delay the start date in order to provide essential hands-on components from the outset. Faculty will contact students directly if that is the case.

Ontario’s three-phased plan to protect and support, restart and recover, along with recommendations from our public health partners, will guide the timing of Loyalist’s re-opening plans. Fortunately, we’re starting to see some signs of light at the end of the tunnel as the first wave of COVID-19 cases slowly declines and provincial restrictions start to loosen.

While our delivery will include various modes, our student support services are being redesigned to ensure that we are here to support you every step of the way. At Loyalist College, the student is at the centre of everything we do and that will continue regardless of the way in which our programs are delivered. We are also a leader in the provision of both face-to-face and distance education which allows us to combine both for the benefit of our students.

Once you’ve confirmed your program offer, your faculty members will be reaching out to introduce themselves and explain how your program will be delivered. They’ll also be asking how Loyalist can best support you – whether that’s connecting you with a mentor or sharing information on our new Learn 2 Learn tutoring sessions and summer ‘Smart Start Loyalist’ online transition course. As a student, all supports are included and readily available to you. We care about you and will go the distance to help you throughout your journey to achieve your career destination.

If you have any questions for faculty or staff, or would like to speak with a student or graduate from your program of interest, please don’t hesitate to contact us at recruiter@loyalistcollege.com. Or, if you have questions about how to apply and pay for College, contact info@loyalistcollege.com.

On behalf of Loyalist, we look forward to welcoming you to the family!

Sincerely,

Ann Marie
President and CEO
Loyalist College

SUBJECT: In this time of transition – we are here to support you. Loyalist College Announces Fall semester program delivery plans
DATE: May 28, 2020

This Fall, we hope you’ll join us at Loyalist, Canada’s Destination College, where faculty, staff and students care personally about you and your success. Loyalist provides the most supportive post-secondary education experience anywhere. In Loyalist’s small classes, you’ll never be a number, whether that’s in-person or online. Second to none are our Student Success services and Student Life programs, which we’ve amped up remotely to meet your needs in response to COVID-19.

We know these last few months have been incredibly difficult – and we’re here for you – to help you get ahead, no matter where you are. As the world continues to self-isolate, there’s never been a better time to build your credentials so that when we emerge from this pandemic, you’re ready to launch, advance or change careers. It is still a great time to study in Canada.

Take advantage of Canada’s major study and work visa change, which allows international students to enrol in online courses while abroad this Fall and still be eligible for a three-year Post-Graduation Work Permit after moving to Canada. This only applies for Fall 2020, so I encourage you to start at Loyalist this September, rather than delaying your immigration plans.

Whether you are able to come to Canada in September or must start your learning online and join us as soon as health restrictions allow – we are here for you. During this time of transition – and always – we are here to support your dreams of studying in Canada and immigrating to Canada. As a small, caring College, we’ll never lose that personal touch for which Loyalist is known. A recent survey of our current students revealed they feel supported both academically and personally, despite moving to remote delivery mid-semester. That means everything to us. We’ve drawn on our rich history as a leader in distance studies to make our remote classes as engaging and interactive online as they are in person. Our exceptional faculty go above and beyond to get to know you individually, leverage your strengths and offer supports where you need them.

We always ensure that we take care of our international students who come to Loyalist College from such far distances, and we are thankful to the Consulate General of India for recognizing how we accommodated our students in hotels and provided food, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

This September, Loyalist will offer blended program delivery including a combination of in-person classes for some programs, as permitted by health care officials, and robust remote delivery for other programs. These are interim measures until it’s safe for us all to return to campus. The timing of Loyalist’s re-opening plans will be informed by recommendations from the Ontario government and our public health partners. Fortunately, we’re starting to see some signs of light at the end of the tunnel as the first wave of COVID-19 cases in Ontario slowly declines and provincial restrictions start to loosen. While it’s not ideal to start your program remotely, your experience will be a rewarding one. Our current international students have told us that their alternative delivery experiences exceeded their expectations. We would never compromise our superior quality academics, delivery or support services.

Once you’ve confirmed your offer, we’ll be reaching out to introduce ourselves and confirm details around your program’s delivery methods. We will also ask how we can best support you – whether that’s connecting you with an English student mentor, sharing information on our ESL supports, or assisting you with health insurance and banking registration. Even before you arrive in Canada, you will have met faculty and friends who care about you and will go the distance to help you throughout your journey to achieve your career destination. As an international student, all supports are included and readily available to you.

If you’re an international student who has a valid study permit, or were approved for a study permit on or before March 18, 2020, you’re exempt from the travel restrictions. Find out what you need before you travel to Canada. If you’re travelling by air, you need to pass a health check conducted by an airline before you’ll be allowed to board your flight. Anyone who shows symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed to enter Canada by air. When you arrive in Canada, your health will be assessed before you leave the port of entry. You must have a plan to quarantine for 14 days when you arrive in Canada. This is mandatory, even if you have no symptoms. We are here for you during this time, and will make plans to support you, as required.

If you have any questions for faculty or staff, or would like to speak with a student or graduate from your program of interest, please don’t hesitate to contact us at: internationaladmissions@loyalistcollege.com.

On behalf of Loyalist, we look forward to welcoming you to the family!

Sincerely,

Ann Marie
President and CEO
Loyalist College

SUBJECT: Loyalist College’s Fall semester program delivery plans
DATE: May 28, 2020

Loyalist College is so proud of how far you’ve come, and all that you’ve achieved in your program to date. We care about you and are here to support you every step of the way, as you prepare to return to the College in September.

This Fall, Loyalist will offer blended program delivery including a combination of in-person classes for some programs, as permitted by health care officials, and robust remote delivery for other programs. These are interim measures until it’s safe for us all to return to campus. Ontario’s three-phased plan to protect and support, restart and recover, along with recommendations from our public health partners, will guide the timing of Loyalist’s re-opening plans. Fortunately, we’re starting to see some signs of light at the end of the tunnel as the first wave of COVID-19 cases slowly declines and provincial restrictions start to loosen.

As Canada continues to self-isolate, there’s never been a better time to gain new marketable skills and credentials so that when we emerge from this pandemic, you’re ready to launch, advance or change careers. For returning domestic and international students, there is a $700,000 fund to provide needs-based financial assistance through one-time bursaries of up to $1,000 towards the cost of tuition. You can access the bursary application through the MyLoyalist portal. For domestic students, there’s also new one-time short-term Federal funding, including the CESB, CSSG and CERB. With additional funding to help pay for College, it makes sense to continue this Fall semester, which runs September 9 to December 18, with study week (no classes) from October 26 to 30.

During the first week of the Fall semester, you may have the option to complete small group open labs and program ‘boot camps,’ which will offer compressed delivery of some elements of the Winter 2020 semester’s curriculum. If these opportunities are offered through your program, a faculty member will be contacting you shortly about upcoming dates and times to participate in small classes with physical distancing measures in place.

In the next few weeks, your faculty members will be reaching out to you to confirm how your particular program will be delivered in September – and to touch base to see how you are doing. We know these last few months have been incredibly difficult – and we’re here for you. I encourage you to take advantage of our enhanced online Student Success services, including access to mentors, study assistance, counselling, and our new Learn 2 Learn tutoring sessions.

We care about you and will always go the distance to help you throughout your journey to achieve your career destination. The supportive learning environment at Loyalist continues, regardless of how or where it’s delivered. We look forward to speaking with you soon! If you have questions or require clarification, please don’t hesitate to contact your program faculty members or Dean.

Sincerely,

Ann Marie
President and CEO
Loyalist College

SUBJECT: Loyalist Spring Semester (May 19 – August 7) will continue to be delivered remotely

I hope you’re enjoying your Spring semester program so far!

As you’re aware, the first six weeks of Loyalist College’s Spring semester classes are being delivered through online and alternative delivery methods. I am writing to let you know that the final six weeks will also be delivered remotely because of ongoing national and provincial measures in place to stop the transmission of COVID-19. Your safety is our number one priority. In some cases, your program may include some practical, experiential or lab/shop related activities. We are working with the provincial government and public health authorities to establish a plan for delivering these components later this summer. We will keep you informed as these plans are confirmed.

Taking a Spring semester program was a smart choice. While Canada continues to self-isolate, you are earning new, marketable skills and credentials, which will help you launch, advance or change careers when we emerge from this pandemic. If you are continuing your studies at Loyalist this Fall, Loyalist will offer blended program delivery including a combination of in-person classes for some programs, as permitted by health care officials, and robust remote delivery for other programs.

These are interim measures until it’s safe for us all to return to campus. Ontario’s three-phased plan to protect and support, restart and recover, along with recommendations from our public health partners, will guide the timing of Loyalist’s re-opening plans. Fortunately, we’re starting to see some signs of light at the end of the tunnel as the first wave of COVID-19 cases slowly declines and provincial restrictions start to loosen.

If you are an international student, you’re still eligible for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP) even though in-class courses have been moved to an online-only format because of COVID-19. If you have a study permit, or been approved for a study permit for a program starting Spring, Summer or Fall, but you can’t travel to Canada at this time due to travel restrictions, you’re also still eligible for the PGWPP.

We know these last few months have been incredibly difficult – and we’re here for you. I encourage you to take advantage of our enhanced online Student Success services, including access to mentors, study assistance and counselling. The caring learning environment at Loyalist continues, regardless of how or where it’s delivered. Your faculty, staff and fellow students care personally about you and your success. We’re here to provide you with the most supportive post-secondary education experience possible.

If you have questions or require clarification, please contact your program faculty members or Dean.

Thank you,

Ann Marie
President and CEO
Loyalist College

SUBJECT: Loyalist College Winter Semester Completion Plans and Student Support  
DATE: May 28, 2020

You’re almost there! Loyalist College is so proud of how far you’ve come, and all that you’ve achieved in your program to date.

If you are a graduating student in the final semester of your program who still needs to complete face-to-face course, lab or field placement work, a faculty member will be in contact with you shortly about upcoming dates and times to participate in small classes with physical distancing measures in place. For students who may require clinical placement hours for program completion, faculty will continue to work with you on an individual basis to help you meet those requirements. We’re here to help, every step of the way, as you complete the final hands-on components required in order to graduate.

If you are planning or considering returning to Loyalist in the Fall for a dual diploma or post-graduate certificate, there’s never been a better time to gain new marketable skills and credentials so that when we emerge from this pandemic, you’re ready to launch, advance or change careers. For returning domestic and international students, there is a $700,000 fund to provide needs-based financial assistance through one-time bursaries of up to $1,000 towards the cost of tuition. You can access the bursary application through the MyLoyalist portal. For domestic students, there’s also new one-time short-term Federal funding, including the CESB, CSSG and CERB. With additional funding to help pay for College, it makes sense to continue this Fall semester, which runs September 9 to December 18, with study week (no classes) from October 26 to 30.

This Fall, Loyalist will offer blended program delivery including a combination of in-person classes for some programs, as permitted by health care officials, and robust remote delivery for other programs. These are interim measures until it’s safe for us all to return to campus. Ontario’s three-phased plan to protect and support, restart and recover, along with recommendations from our public health partners, will guide the timing of Loyalist’s re-opening plans. Fortunately, we’re starting to see some signs of light at the end of the tunnel as the first wave of COVID-19 cases slowly declines and provincial restrictions start to loosen.

We know these last few months have been incredibly difficult – and we’re here for you. I encourage you to take advantage of our enhanced online Student Success services, including access to mentors, study assistance and counselling. The caring learning environment at Loyalist continues, regardless of how or where it’s delivered. Your faculty, staff and fellow students all care personally about you and supporting you in completing your program. You can do it!

If you have questions or require clarification, please contact your program faculty members or Dean.

Thank you,

Ann Marie
President and CEO
Loyalist College