Ontario colleges introduce four-year business degree for tradespeople

Algonquin College, George Brown College, and Mohawk College have joined resources to establish a new four-year honours degree in business administration, focusing on people working in skilled trades occupations. Photo courtesy Bill Steinburg

Algonquin College, George Brown College, and Mohawk College have joined resources to establish a new four-year honours degree in business administration, focusing on people working in skilled trades occupations.

The partner colleges will deliver the first-of-its-kind degree starting this September, with all instruction provided remotely and virtually. The program is intended for those working in the skilled trades sector who are looking to grow their own businesses, take on greater responsibilities in their current work environments, or pursue management careers in medium-to-large organizations.

The online bachelor of business administration (trades management) degree will concentrate on business administration, managerial skills, accounting, project management, leadership, marketing, communication, and applied research competencies. This theoretical instruction will be combined with 420 hours of structured work experiences or equivalent, for which students receive credit.

Upon completion, graduates will have competencies in the human resources, marketing, finance, and accounting aspects of skilled trades business operations. They will also have a grounding in research, executing strategic plans, assessing risk, and fostering healthy workforce and business growth.

Applicants who already possess a trades credential, including apprentices and journeypersons, may be able to begin the completion program in their third year, through a Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition process. Those students will only be required to do two years of study to complete the degree.

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