Accreditation where it’s due: Civil Engineering Technician program recognized on World Accreditation Day


(left to right: Denise Van Osch, incoming coordinator, Civil Engineering Technician program; Richard Stamper, executive director, Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC); Gilles Laroche, past coordinator, Civil Engineering Technician program; Erin Stitt-Cavanagh, associate dean, School of Technology; Misheck Mwaba, dean, Media, Trades and Technology Division)

June 9th brought two things to Niagara College- the arrival of another World Accreditation Day and an award for Niagara College’s Civil Engineering Technician program. Presented to the outgoing program director Gilles Laroche by executive director of Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) Richard Stamper, it seems not just the students have noticed how valuable a Niagara College education is.

The TAC presents accreditations to educational institutions that have met the standards of Canada’s professional world within the engineering technology field. By presenting the award to Niagara College, the TAC ensures students of the Civil Engineering Technician program have met the standards they’ll be facing within the professional world.

“Accrediting its Civil Engineering Technician Program demonstrates Niagara’s strong leadership and commitment to its students,” said Stamper. “It seems very appropriate to make this announcement on World Accreditation day with this year’s theme, delivering confidence in construction and the built environment.”

The TAC accreditation process is anything but easy. The process involved a qualified, trained audit team who evaluated Niagara’s program against the profession’s national standards.  Laroche was beaming with pride at the national recognition, but was quick to point out the other people involved in ensuring the program’s success.

“The Civil Engineering Technician program at Niagara College has tremendous support from all our industry partners, including the many members of our Program Advisory Committee, supportive local employers who continue to hire our students and a great group of alumni who help contribute to our ongoing success,” said Laroche. “It is with this kind of support, along with the dedicated faculty as part of the Civil team, that ensures the delivery of a highly reputable program.”

Niagara College is proud of the Civil Engineering Technician program’s achievements and continues to look forward to ensuring the success of all NC students through the experiential learning provided within its programs.

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