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Sheridan College Wins Award for Most Innovative and Successful Program

Ottawa, ON, May 26, 2014 – Sheridan College’s Bachelor of Applied Information Sciences (Information Systems Security) has won the Association of Canadian Community Colleges’ (ACCC) Gold Program Excellence Award. Since being launched in 2003, the program has achieved unparalleled success with a 100% rate of graduate employment while remaining on the cutting edge of a rapidly changing industry.

Victor Ralevich

“The BAISc degree program is a testament to the ability of colleges to identify and respond to emerging trends and industry needs,” said Sheridan President and CEO, Dr. Jeff Zabudsky. “Thanks to the leadership of program founder and coordinator, Dr. Victor Ralevich, the BAISc has fostered a nucleus of information systems security professionals who are equipped to deal with the wide-ranging issues around security in the age of big data.”

Sheridan’s Bachelor of Applied Information Sciences (Information Systems Security) is the only one of its kind in Canada. It was designed to provide students with a critical understanding of the complex and integrated information and communication technology security issues in today’s business environment.

“Canada’s colleges and institutes offer some of the most successful post-secondary education programs in the country and college graduates easily find a place in the job market,” said Denise Amyot, ACCC President and CEO. “The programs offered by our Excellence Award winners are truly remarkable and great examples of the advanced skills training available from colleges, institutes and polytechnics.”

The ACCC also recognized George Brown College’s Basic Culinary Skills Certificate Training & Employment Program with its Silver Program Excellence Award. Based on a partnership with local employment service agencies and Paintbox Bistro, an up-and-coming social enterprise, this program provides training and job placement opportunities to residents of Toronto’s Regent Park neighborhood, Canada’s largest and oldest social housing development.

Nicola Valley Institute of Technology received the Bronze Award for its Chemical Addictions Worker Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma. Developed in collaboration with community partners, this program was conceived not only to train qualified chemical addictions workers, but also to consider the specific needs and healing practices of First Nations’ communities.

ACCC, soon to be known as Colleges and Institutes Canada, is the national and international voice of 95 per cent of Canada’s publicly funded colleges, institutes and polytechnics. We work with industry and social sectors to train 1.5 million learners of all ages and backgrounds at campuses serving over 3,000 urban, rural and remote communities in Canada. ACCC operates in 29 countries via 13 offices around the world.

Sheridan is one of Canada’s leading post-secondary institutions, offering over 100 diploma, certificate, and bachelor degree programs in an environment that fosters innovation and creativity. Its aim is to become Ontario’s first university exclusively dedicated to undergraduate professional education – one that will be based on applied learning. The model also focuses on meeting university accreditation requirements so that Sheridan graduates have more pathways to the continued learning that will underscore their personal, career, and industry success.


For more information contact:
Shawn Dearn

Director of Communications, ACCC
613-746-2222 Ext. 3123
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