College to welcome more students back in-person in January

Students at Lambton College in Sarnia. December 2019. (Photo by Lambton College)

Lambton College is preparing to welcome more students back to in-person classes in January.

Academic and Student Success Senior Vice President Mary Vaughan said nearly every student enrolled will have a partial in-person learning experience next term.

“We’ve slowly been expanding opportunities for our students to return to the classroom with safety being of the utmost importance,” said Vaughan. “As we prepare for the winter term, we are excited to increase that number yet again, so we can offer more in-person classroom and lab experiences for almost all of our students. If COVID trends or government restrictions change, we will adjust accordingly to public health guidelines.”

Vaughan said an expanded list of programs will be offered.

“With recent funding from the provincial government, Lambton College will be offering a January intake for the Practical Nursing program for the first time,” she said. “The funding, announced in July, will support the education of an additional 40 new students in the Practical Nursing program. Applications are currently being accepted for the winter intake and students can expect to complete their diploma in four straight semesters.”

New students are also being accepted into the General Arts & Science, Liberal Studies, Photography, Police Foundations, Pre-Trades & Technology, and Protection, Security & Investigation programs.

Vaughan said as pandemic restrictions continue to ease, the college will reevaluate its curriculum delivery, consider adding more student activities, and additional phases of campus reopening.

“The college will also continue to provide enhanced, in-person student activities, including access to the Athletics & Fitness Complex, Varsity Athletics, intramural sports, and student events organized by the Student Administrative Council (SAC).”

Vaughan said the college’s mandatory vaccination policy, strict screening and heightened health and safety protocols helped reopen the doors safely in September.