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U of R strengthens partnership with Great Plains College in Swift Current

Posted: July 12, 2016 11:00 a.m.

At the signing ceremony (l-r) Dr. Harvey King, Director of Centre for Continuing Education; Dr. Dena McMartin, Associate Vice-President (Academic and Research) and Dr. Brian Gobbett, Vice President (Academic) at Great Plains College.
At the signing ceremony (l-r) Dr. Harvey King, Director of Centre for Continuing Education; Dr. Dena McMartin, Associate Vice-President (Academic and Research) and Dr. Brian Gobbett, Vice President (Academic) at Great Plains College. Photo by Rae Graham - U of R Photography

The University of Regina and Great Plains College are strengthening their long-standing partnership of delivering post-secondary education at the College in Swift Current.

At a ceremony on July 12, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed to allow students in the Swift Current area to obtain a Liberal Arts Certificate though the U of R.

“This agreement, and our ongoing partnership with Great Plains College, increases access to post-secondary education by delivering programming in Swift Current,” says Dr. Dena McMartin, U of R Associate Vice-President (Academic and Research).

“Agreements such as this one not only offer valuable liberal arts programming to more students, but demonstrate a commitment to serving our provincial communities.”

The University of Regina and Great Plains College jointly deliver a variety of undergraduate classes in arts, science, education, police studies and justice studies.

In collaboration with the University, Great Plains College also offers the Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Bachelor of Social Work degree for students based in Swift Current. About 70 per cent of students from Great Plains College come to the University of Regina campus to further their studies.
 
“Great Plains College is delighted to partner with the University of Regina in providing first-year university studies on its Swift Current Campus,” says Dr. Brian Gobbett, Vice-President, Academic of Great Plains College. “The combination of small class sizes, high quality teaching and an ability to begin university studies close to home is particularly attractive and we have evidence that Great Plains College students carry these advantages as they continue their studies.”
 
Many students from the Swift Current area have completed their studies at the U of R over the years. More than 620 alumni from the Swift Current area are making a difference around the world.