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January 24, 2020

Belleville, Ontario, January 24, 2020 – Loyalist College has signed a transfer agreement with Seneca to offer successful students and graduates of Loyalist’s two-year Business Ontario College diploma program the opportunity to enter third year (fifth semester) of Seneca’s Honours Bachelor of Commerce – Business Management program and complete their degree on campus in Belleville.

“We are proud to partner with Seneca to allow Loyalist Business students to remain in the Bay of Quinte region while they build on their diploma with a Seneca Business degree,” said Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan, Loyalist College President & CEO. “In 2019, the Ontario College Application Service released the results of its Applicant Experience Survey which indicated that 78 percent of Loyalist College students hoped to use their College experience as a pathway to a university program. Loyalist is committed to creating exceptional pathways, such as this, which will allow our graduates to stay here and earn a combination of credentials that will enable them to make an immediate impact on our local economy.”

Those who have graduated from Loyalist’s Business diploma program, within the last five years, may be eligible to apply for Seneca’s Honours Bachelor of Commerce – Business Management degree program. For more information about Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR), please contact

“We are delighted to partner with Loyalist College to open up new pathways of collaboration for students at both institutions,” said Seneca President David Agnew. “It’s a great opportunity for Loyalist students to pursue their Honours Bachelor of Commerce through livestreaming courses from Seneca while not having to leave their communities to achieve their goals. Those enrolled in the program will enjoy all of the benefits of being a Seneca student and gain from the technology and resources at both campus locations. We look forward to further developing diploma to degree pathways with Loyalist.”

Loyalist’s Business Administration program explores a broad mix of business options including social media marketing, financial decision making and supply chain management, effective workplace presentation skills, corporate responsibility and sustainability, and developing a comprehensive business plan for the student’s business idea. Students are supported by faculty mentors and business coaches. The College is accepting applications for September. Visit to apply.

About Loyalist College
Loyalist is Ontario’s Destination College, empowering students, faculty, staff, and partners through experiential, industry cluster-based education, training and applied research programs. The College provides job-ready graduates for, and knowledge transfer to, industry and the community. Of 2017-18 Loyalist graduates, 88.5 percent were employed within six months after graduation. Located on more than 200 acres in the beautiful Bay of Quinte region, the College is perfectly positioned between Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. Loyalist offers more than 70 full-time diploma, certificate and apprenticeship programs in biosciences, building sciences, business, community service, health and wellness, media studies, public safety, and skilled trades. Continuing education options are available through, including hundreds of online, distance and in-class courses, and through the College’s 100+ university transfer agreements. Loyalist is a key driver of social and economic health in eastern Ontario. It contributes 5.8 percent of the Gross Regional Product, representing $465 million annually to the regional economy – based on an October 2018 report by Emsi. For more information on Loyalist’s Belleville and Bancroft campuses and Port Hope satellite location, visit

About Seneca
Combining career and professional skills training with theoretical knowledge, Seneca provides a polytechnic education to 30,000 full-time and 60,000 part-time students. With campuses in Toronto, York Region and Peterborough and education partners around the world, Seneca offers degrees, graduate certificates, diplomas and certificates in more than 300 full-time, part-time and online programs. Seneca’s credentials are renowned for their quality and respected by employers. Co-op and work placements, applied research projects, entrepreneurial opportunities and the latest technology ensure that Seneca graduates are highly skilled and ready to work.

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