St. Clair Is Out Of GAS


The college will put a half-dozen programs into mothballs this fall, due to a lack of interest on the part of prospective applicants. 

A report from Vice-President, Academic (and Registrar) Mike Silvaggi to the Board of Governors during its April 26th meeting explained: 

May 1, 2022 is a critical date in the college’s admissions and registration process, as an applicant is required to confirm their interest in their admitted program. The Fall 2022 admissions cycle began on November 1, 2021. 

The college has actively monitored the progress of all programs made available to ensure teaching resources, space capacity, SMA3 implications (the college’s operational agreement with the provincial government), financial sustainability, and community access to programming are all allocated accordingly. 

As a result of limited confirmations and the number of applications received to-date, the college has suspended the following six postsecondary programs for the Fall 2022 intake: 

• General Arts and Sciences (C862, a one-year-long certificate program) at Windsor Campus. “GAS” had long existed at the college as an offering to young students who weren’t quite sure what they specifically wanted to study after high school, so it covered a wide range of subject matter. It used to attract 30 to 45 students per year, plus a number of part-time enrolments, but its popularity has steadily declined; 

• Business-Accounting (K150, a two-year-long diploma program) at Chatham campus. Five or so years ago, it had been attracting 20 to 30 students per year, but that has dropped to 12 or fewer during the past couple of years; 

• Office Administration-Executive (K231, a two-year-long accelerated diploma program) at Chatham campus. It rarely topped 20 applications per year; 

• Protection, Security, and Investigations (K813, a two-year-long accelerated diploma programs) at Chatham campus. In the past half-decade, it had never topped 13 students in enrolment; 

• Electrical Engineering Technology-Industrial Automation (T929, a three-year-long advanced diploma program) at Windsor campus. It previously attracted 25 to 40 students per year, but has steadily dipped to none; and 

• Power Engineering Techniques (T940, a one-year-long certificate program) at Windsor campus. Little interest recently, although the college’s Power Engineering Technology program remains viable. 

The college’s suspension of these programs is temporary – and they are just that: suspended, not cancelled. If a sufficient number of applicants do express interest in them in the future, the programs can be resurrected. 

Also, this is a suspension of first-year intake only. Students who will be entering the second and third years of these programs in the fall will be continuing until graduation.