Keyano College announces changes to programming, staffing levels


In response to local economic conditions, and in an effort to better serve students, Keyano College is making program and staffing changes for the 2015-2016 academic year.

“Over the past three years, Keyano College has been transitioning its program mix to deliver even more relevant education and training options to students residing in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo,” said Catherine Koch, Keyano College’s Vice President Academic.

The revised program mix includes the continuation of collaborative degrees in the areas of education and health, as well as new opportunities in business and environmental science. With regard to occupation programs, mobile training options will be made available across the region. This comprehensive approach to credit and non-credit programs is designed to provide Keyano students with the best opportunities for employment while supporting regional economic development and a sustainable community.

“The recent economic downturn has had an impact on our revenue generation capability which, in turn, requires us to increase our ability to deliver new high demand collaborative degrees and mobile simulation training options,” said Koch. “At the same time, it is also necessary to review and suspend programs with demonstrated low enrollment.”

The College is suspending several programs which have low enrollment or duplicate other programs offerings. These changes will result in the downsizing of staff, affecting 18 Faculty and Staff. Please see included backgrounder document for affected programs.

The College will assist students currently registered in low enrolment programs by providing opportunities to complete the program they are currently registered in, transfer to similar programs within the College or alternative study options such as online delivery.

“These are always tough decisions,” said Koch. “But decisions such as this are necessary to effectively allocate our limited resources and ensure programs meet the needs of the community. We are committed to providing the best opportunities for our students and that means focusing on programs that will best position them for employment in our region.”

These program changes are being introduced for the 2015-2016 academic year, which begins in September.  Current students and future students can review course information online at Information will be updated throughout the week.

Students who may have questions related to their programs may contact the Registrar at 780-791-4801 (toll free, 1-800-251-1408) or via email at Regular business hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.