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September 20, 2018

Belleville, Ontario, September 20, 2018 – September student enrolment at Loyalist College is the largest since 2003, with registrations totaling 3,285, a 14 percent increase from September 2017, Governors were advised at the September 20 Board meeting.

“Loyalist is a Destination College for students locally, nationally and internationally,” said Loyalist President & CEO Ann Marie Vaughan. “More learners are deliberately choosing Loyalist for its supportive and engaged culture which empowers them throughout their experiential post-secondary journey and into their careers as they ‘go places.’” 

High enrolment numbers are the result of new program offerings, greater retention, and increased enrolment of international students, which reached 814, a 134.5 percent increase from September 2017. 

New full-time programs that started this September include Cannabis Applied Science, Computer Networking & Technical Support, Occupational Therapist Assistant & Physiotherapist Assistant, Global Business Management and Project Management. Through a program partnership with Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), Loyalist introduced three Cannabis Career Training courses through its Distance Studies and Continuing Education department. In addition, the College launched the Fire Service Career Preparation and Development certificate program, in partnership with Hastings Prince Edward Mutual Aid Association Fire Training Complex in Trenton, for volunteer and career firefighters. 

About Loyalist College
Loyalist is Ontario’s Destination College, a deliberate choice of students and community for quality programs and student engagement, enabled by a creative, innovative and supportive organizational and learning culture. Located on more than 200 acres in the beautiful Bay of Quinte region, the College is perfectly positioned between Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. Loyalist prepares students for rewarding careers through more than 70 full-time diploma, advanced diploma, certificate and apprenticeship programs in applied sciences, biosciences, building sciences, business, health sciences, human studies, justice studies, media studies, skills and technology. Through the College’s 100+ university transfer agreements, many Loyalist diploma graduates earn a degree in as little as one additional year. Continuing education options are also available through, including hundreds of online, distance and in-class courses. The College is a key driver of social and economic health in rural-urban eastern Ontario. It contributes 5.4 percent to the Gross Regional Product, representing $530 million annually to the regional economy – based on a 2014 report by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). Loyalist collaborates with industry partners in various fields on applied research projects, creating amazing learning experiences for students and faculty. The College’s Applied Research Centre for Natural Products and Medical Cannabis (ARC) is Canada’s only College laboratory approved to conduct research with cannabis under the Narcotic Control Regulations. For more information on Loyalist’s Belleville and Bancroft campuses and Port Hope satellite location, visit

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Contact: Kerry Lorimer, Director, Marketing, Communications and Recruitment
Loyalist College,, 613-969-1913 ext. 2536