Technology Program at Camosun College Gets National Recognition
Students in the Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology (Renewable Energy) program at Camosun College continue to receive education that puts them at the leading edge of their profession, a fact reinforced with national accreditation.The program is now the first in the college to receive accreditation by Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC).
TAC’s national program accreditation is provided to top technology programs at post-secondary institutions around the country after meeting or exceeding criteria from a comprehensive audit, which includes interviews with employers of graduates, alumni, students and faculty and an in-person assessment and tour of program labs and student support services.
“Being recognized as a national accredited program is a significant achievement, one which demonstrates a commitment to delivering a program which meets the current standards of the engineering technology and applied science profession,” says Richard Stamper, TAC Executive Director. “We congratulate the Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology - Renewable Energy program —the first TAC accredited program at Camosun.”
Accreditation will provide Camosun graduates with an expedited path to professional certification through Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of B.C. and other provincial certifying bodies across Canada.
“Receiving TAC accreditation for our program is an important way that we can demonstrate to our students the value of their credentials,” says Alan Duncan, Chair, Electronics and Computer Engineering Department at Camosun College. “It recognizes an adherence to national standards and a commitment to advanced education that is valued by employers and all of the provincial governing bodies of our profession across Canada.”
TAC’s audit report noted the Camosun program’s excellent breadth, which provides graduates with employment opportunities in various industry sectors. Employers interviewed commented on the development of strong practical technical skills, confirmed by alumni, which indicated curriculum focusing on the design of devices for manufacture was of particular benefit. The report also indicated the long-standing support of an engaged program advisory committee.
“Electronics and computer engineering embodies today’s high technology applications,” says Duncan. “Our program is designed to put graduates at the leading edge of their profession.”