Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Georgian College Launch Bachelor of Science in Technical Management Degree at Barrie, Ontario, Campus

Daytona Beach, Fla., Oct. 9, 2007 – Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide and Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario, have signed into an education partnership that will allow qualified graduates of Georgian's three-year aviation management diploma program to transfer into Embry-Riddle's Bachelor's degree in Technical Management at Georgian's Barrie Campus. Embry-Riddle will provide 10 senior-level courses that can be completed in approximately one year. Classes are scheduled to begin at Georgian's Barrie Campus in January 2008.

This partnership is the culmination of four years of coordination and development between Georgian and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide Campus, in Daytona Beach, Fla. An existing articulation transfer agreement allows Georgian aviation management graduates to transition into the Embry-Riddle program by transferring to the Daytona Beach, Fla., residential campus. Now, they will be able to continue their studies in Barrie as well.

"All good things in the pursuit of higher education require an investment of time and careful planning, especially when working on an international scale," said Marty Smith, chancellor of the Worldwide Campus. "It was well worth the time and effort to forge such a meaningful partnership with Georgian College and the Province of Ontario."

"This partnership will extend the breadth of Embry-Riddle's degree offerings to support the growth and assist with the vision set forth by the leadership at Georgian College and Embry-Riddle," said Dr. Bernard D. Cordial, dean of academic affairs for Embry-Riddle's eastern region. "It is an honor to have the confidence of the Ontario Ministry of Education to offer the community of Barrie, Ontario, a degree program that will benefit not only the local and national aviation and aerospace companies, but all associated industries with highly qualified and talented graduates who possess an Embry-Riddle technical management degree."

"Georgian College's University Partnership Centre welcomes this new degree completion opportunity and university partner to our partnership centre," said Cherylyn Cameron, associate vice president, University Partnership Centre. "This agreement will increase opportunities for our local students to obtain their educational goals by offering degrees right here in our community."

Applicants interested in the field of aviation and in pursuing degree studies with Embry-Riddle at Georgian, including Georgian students and aviation management graduates, should contact Dave Duncan, program coordinator, at dduncan@georgianc.on.ca for details on how to transfer into the Embry-Riddle programs.

Georgian College's Canadian Aviation Institute is a national center of aviation management training and education with strong working relationships throughout the aviation industry. For more than 20 years, Georgian's aviation management program has prepared its graduates with an exciting program that blends business and aviation knowledge and skills in a cooperative work experience setting. Georgian is home to more than 7,000 full-time students at three main campuses in Barrie, Orillia, and Owen Sound and offers 97 diploma, post-diploma, degree, and degree-completion programs.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world's largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, offers more than 30 degree programs in its colleges of Arts and Sciences, Aviation, Business, and Engineering. The university educates more than 34,000 students annually in undergraduate and graduate programs at residential campuses in Prescott, Ariz., and Daytona Beach, Fla., Worldwide at more than 130 locations in the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Middle East, and through online learning.