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Technology Accreditation Canada accredits Civil Engineering Technician program at Niagara College

TAC Executive Director Richard Stamper presents the TAC national program accreditation certificate to Gilles Laroche, Program Coordinator, Civil Engineering Technician at Niagara College.

TAC Executive Director Richard Stamper presents the TAC national program accreditation certificate to Gilles Laroche, Program Coordinator, Civil Engineering Technician at Niagara College.

In celebration of World Accreditation Day, Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) today presented the faculty at Niagara College with a certificate recognizing national program accreditation for the institution’s Civil Engineering Technician program for a five-year period.

As a national accrediting body for the engineering technology and applied science profession, TAC accreditation involves a qualified, trained audit team evaluating Niagara’s program against the profession’s national standards. Achieving accreditation provides students, parents and the institution’s administration confidence that the program has met the standards.

Lead auditor Mazin Audeh, C.E.T. (Ontario) and auditors Kathryn Deschamps, C.E.T. (Ontario) and Kendra LeBoldus, AScT (Saskatchewan) reviewed the program presented by Niagara College professor and program coordinator, Gilles Laroche, C.E.T., and his team. The audit team noted that the breadth of subject matter covering many branches of the civil engineering technology discipline as a key program strength, enabling graduates to pursue a variety of careers. As well, faculty have excellent academic qualifications and industry experience and are highly committed to supporting student success.

“Accrediting its Civil Engineering Technician program demonstrates Niagara’s strong leadership and commitment to its students, said Richard Stamper, TAC Executive Director. “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 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.”

The process of accreditation is recognized worldwide as an objective method of assessment and an important tool to identify program strengths and challenges. It also provides faculty an excellent team-building opportunity. This independent seal of approval, represents excellence in education and the high standards of the profession graduates will be joining.

About TAC

Through accreditation, TAC is committed to partnering with educational institutions to ensure students receive a quality education that meets the standards of Canada’s engineering technology profession. For more information about TAC or how to apply for accreditation, please visit

About Niagara College

Currently celebrating its 50th year as a College of Applied Arts and Technology, NC is a leader in applied education and a key contributor to the economies of Niagara and Ontario. A regional college with global reach, NC offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs.

About World Accreditation Day

June 9th, 2017 marks World Accreditation Day, a global initiative to promote the value of accreditation. This year’s theme focuses on how accreditation delivers confidence in construction and the built environment. Accreditation covers many disciplines throughout the building industry, including educational programs, construction material testing, inspection and calibration services and quality, environmental, occupational health & safety and energy management systems.

Media inquiries, please contact:

 Richard Stamper
Executive Director
Technology Accreditation Canada
t: 416-847-1016, ext. 254

Susan McConnell
Media advisor
Niagara College
905-641-2252 x 4330
Cell: 905-933-6259

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