It is an honour to preside over the development of a young, dynamic, and innovative university hosting a variety of practitioner oriented degree and diploma programs. Yorkville University’s Faculty of Behavioural Science, offering a Master of Arts program in Counselling Psychology, was among the first of its kind in Canada to allow students the flexibility to complete courses online without residency requirements. With the addition of a Master of Education in Adult Education and a Bachelor of Business Administration, more working adults have the opportunity to advance their careers through rigorous and accessible degree programs.
Yorkville University’s Ontario division, RCC Institute of Technology, offers both diploma and degree programs approved by the Ontario government and geared to both the hard and soft skills necessary for employment success in today’s exciting cutting-edge fields of technology, design and media. Another of RCC Institute of Technology’s innovations is that students holding college diplomas in some areas of technology and design can earn an Ontario approved bachelors degree on a convenient part-time basis or delivered entirely online.
These different delivery opportunities certainly didn’t exist in my student days. Back then, anyone wanting to study counselling psychology, for example, had available to them the single choice of giving up the routine of their daily life and relocating to a university town and undertake full time study.
In those days, parents with financial and care responsibilities for small children need not apply. Adult children with care responsibilities for elderly parents who would not relocate likewise need not apply. People living in Canada’s great exurban, rural, and farming communities had no access unless they were willing to relocate. Perhaps willing, most were not able to move, so the dream of participating in many undergraduate or graduate level programs was beyond their reach.
Technology in education has changed all that, making it possible for students spread across this great country to participate in higher education in ways that were never before possible. Yorkville University’s online courses of study are every bit as tough and rigorous as that which would be experienced in any Canadian classroom.
You are going to find study with Yorkville University to be one of the most rewarding challenges you will ever undertake.
Rick Davey, Ed.D.