Workplace Safety and Prevention Partnerships and Ladder to Degree

David Simon, John Barker, Erin Soeder, Terry Babbey, Julie Carlton, Nadine Cervi, Henry Decock, Tony Mallette, Ivy Chiu Loke, Alvin Shum, Joanne MacLellan, Charline Smith, Rick Daoust, Meghan Roy, Tracy McMillan, Thomas Tenkate, Charmaine Hack

Executive Summary

Seneca College, Lambton College, and Cambrian College worked together to create an innovative collaboration to jointly offer and share curriculum of the in-demand credential – Workplace Safety and Prevention (WSPP) diploma so graduates can ladder into Ryerson University’s Occupational Health and Safety (BASc) degree program.  Lambton College currently offers the WSPP diploma program, and the main goal of this pathway project was to have Seneca College and Cambrian College offer the WSPP program and to share in the delivery of certain Occupational Health & Safety courses that are embedded in the WSPP program.  Before this could happen, Seneca College and Cambrian College would need to receive program approvals.

When Seneca and Cambrian received their program approvals, the project team started working on utilizing their institutional strengths to incorporate new technologies into the design and construction of curriculum materials for each OHS course.  For example, Lambton College Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) worked on augmenting four OHS courses using technology (see pp. 18-20).  In addition, the IT Subcommittee members for this project were reviewing various educational technologies systems (i.e. web-conferencing system) that would potentially be used to deliver the courses synchronously between Seneca, Lambton, and Cambrian.

At this time, Ryerson University and the Curriculum Subcommittee members, reviewed the WSPP program map and course outlines to determine the pathway entry into Ryerson’s Occupational Health and Safety degree.  After a detailed review of the diploma courses, a proposal was created by Ryerson for a 2+2 model – diploma graduates will complete 2 years at Ryerson to obtain the degree.