Brock University and the Labour College of Canada have entered into a partnership that will create a pathway for union leaders and members affiliated with the Canadian Labour Congress to pursue a degree or certificate in Labour Studies.
Union leaders and members who wish to complete approved LCC courses could potentially use those courses as transfer credits towards a portion of a certificate or undergraduate degree in Labour Studies at Brock.
“Our department is internationally recognized as an innovative leader in labour studies research, teaching and public engagement,” said Kendra Coulter, Department of Labour Studies chair.
She added, “we are delighted to be able to recognize the knowledge and experience of labour activists from across Canada through this partnership and look forward to welcoming them into our classes and academic community.”
Hassan Yussuff, Canadian Labour Congress President and Chair of the Board for the Labour College of Canada, calls the agreement “a historic moment” for the LLC.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with such a first-class post-secondary institution as Brock University,” says Yussuff. “The Labour College empowers graduates and equips them to tackle today’s challenges as they take on new leadership roles within the labour movement. This unique opportunity will allow Labour College graduates to further their education in Labour Studies and help shape strong leaders of the future.”
Labour College graduate and now Canadian Labour Congress Executive vice-president Larry Rousseau agrees.
“The Labour College program has been instrumental in shaping labour leaders across Canada,” says Rousseau. “This partnership will open more doors for graduates by helping them further their post-secondary education in Labour Studies, making their valuable Labour College experience that much more versatile.”
Ingrid Makus, Dean of Brock’s Faculty of Social Sciences, calls the partnership “a significant opportunity” and is looking forward to welcoming students.
“This partnership is a great example of how we can combine real-world experience with academic credentialing to create positive change in the world,” says Makus.
Sean Vanderklis is a Niagara-based reporter for the Niagara Falls Review. His reporting is funded by the Canadian government through its Local Journalism Initiative. Reach him via email: [email protected]