TORONTO, ONTARIO – Humber College has joined forces with four other Ontario colleges to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to improve local access to programs for military-connected learners.

Military-connected students include learners currently serving in the Canadian Armed Forces, whether in the regular or reserve force, along with honourably released Veterans and their immediate family members. 

Humber, Fanshawe, Georgian, Lambton, and Loyalist colleges will work together to reduce barriers for military-connected students who move inter-provincially due to Canadian Armed Forces service by undertaking several initiatives, including: 

•    transferring up to 100 per cent of course credits while recognizing distinct college requirements;
•    streamlining the enrolment process between institutions; and 
•    sharing military-affiliated prior learning and assessment recognition practices to support institutional consistency. 
"As a community of educators, it is our responsibility to ensure that all learners have equal access to education, especially those who have committed to serving our country in honourable roles in the military," says Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan, president & CEO, Humber College. "As Honorary Colonel of 426 Transport Training Squadron, 8 Wing Trenton, Royal Canadian Air Force, I have witnessed firsthand the contributions and sacrifices of military personnel. By supporting this underrepresented group at Humber, we will work to provide the necessary resources they need to achieve their academic and personal goals regardless of where individuals are studying or located."

The MOU was spearheaded by Darryl Cathcart, a retired Canadian Armed Forces soldier and founder of Release Point Education, an organization that has a vision of fostering the realization of academic excellence by supporting military-connected students through the provision of specialized, relevant and credible programming.

The Ontario College Application System (OCAS) will now include a self-identification option allowing military-connected learners to disclose their Canadian Armed Forces affiliation. This new feature allows participating colleges to identify newly enrolled military-connected students and establish dedicated support and services for this underserved group. 

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