- Where is Algonquin College in the Ottawa Valley located?
- How big is the campus?
- Does Algonquin College in the Ottawa Valley have a residence?
- What type of facilities are available on campus?
- Does Algonquin College in the Ottawa Valley have school sports?
- Do students have access to the internet when off campus?
- What support services are available to students?
- Is the college open after hours?
- What type of full-time programs are available at Algonquin College in the Ottawa Valley?
- Does the college offer college preparation courses?
1. Where is Algonquin College in the Ottawa Valley located?
We are located in Pembroke, Ontario, approximately a one-and-a-half hour drive from Ottawa and a four hour drive from Toronto, two of Ontario’s largest cities. Pembroke is a small city of about 15,000 people, but it is located near CFB Petawawa, one of Canada’s largest military bases. About 50,000 people live within a 15-minute drive of the campus.
2. How big is the campus?
Algonquin College in the Ottawa Valley offers its students an exceptional learning experience and has a full-time student population of approximately 700 students. Approximately 2,000 students study at the College in continuing education classes offered in the evening and on the weekends. THe College operates out of a single three-storey building that is approximately 70,000 square feet in size.
3. Does Algonquin College in the Ottawa Valley have a residence?
The campus does not have a residence, but affordable housing is available within walking distance of the campus. The College is located very near Pembroke’s downtown and there are several apartment buildings near by, as well as room and board opportunities for students. The College provides an on line housing list for students to assist them with making contact with landlords. Additionally, the College holds an Open House in late June that provides students with an opportunity to see the campus and secure housing within the community.
4. What type of facilities are available on campus?
The College is approximately 40 years old and in recent years there have been several improvements made to the building. This includes the building of a brand new student lounge. The Landing provides students with an opportunity to play a game of pool, watch a game or movie on a big screen television, or just sit by the fireplace and enjoy conversation with other students. The Landing also offers food and beverage service and hosts many student activities throughout the school year, including comedy nights, live entertainment and student forums.
Other new facilities on campus include: A Quiet Study Area for students; a new nursing lab that includes computerized simulated patients who talk and breath; an outdoor basketball court; a newly designed cafeteria and a kitchen lab for our cook apprenticeship students; and a new lecture hall.
The College has announced it will build a new campus in downtown Pembroke by Fall 2012.
5. Does Algonquin College in the Ottawa Valley have school sports?
Yes. We have one varsity sports team that competes against other Colleges and Universities. Each year, female and male students try out for our Loggersports team which challenges students to compete in several forestry related sports including pole climbing, cross cutting sawing and axe swinging.
Additionally, the College operates an intramural sports program. The students choose what sports they want to play. This includes hockey, touch football, basketball, volleyball and any other sports that the student body has demonstrated it can support. Sports are organized by the Algonquin Students’ Association.
6. Do students have access to the internet when off campus?
Yes. The College provides dial up internet access to its students. While on campus, students have access to high speed wireless internet access.
7. What support services are available to students?
Algonquin College in the Ottawa Valley offers many services to its students. This includes tutoring, counseling, assistance to students with disabilities, financial aid, employment counseling, health services and on campus employment opportunities. While Algonquin College in the Ottawa Valley is a small campus, you can expect the same services that are available at a larger college. The big difference is the personal touch that can only be found at a smaller campus.
8. Is the college open after hours?
The College opens at 7 a.m. each weekday morning and closes most nights at 10 p.m. The exception is Fridays when the building closes earlier. The College is also open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on select Sundays.
Services that are available anytime the College is open include the Access Centre, which is a computer lab available to students to complete assignments.
9. What type of full-time programs are available at Algonquin College in the Ottawa Valley?
The Pembroke Campus offers as many as 16 full-time programs. Unique programs include Radiation Safety, Outdoor Adventure, Outdoor Adventure Naturalist, Forestry Technician and Golf and Ski Operations Management. These programs attract many out of town students because they are offered at very few Ontario colleges.
The Campus also offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree program in collaboration with the University of Ottawa. All four years of this program are delivered at the Pembroke Campus.
Other programming includes Business, Office Administration-Executive, Computer Systems Technician, Practical Nursing, Early Childhood Education, General Arts and Science, Police Foundations, Personal Support Worker, Motive Power Technician and Social Service Worker.
The Outdoor Adventure Naturalist, Business, Motive Power Technician, and Computer Systems Technician programs also offer an optional co-operative education experience to students who maintain a high academic standing. This is a paid co-op experience that takes place during the summer months.
10. Does the college offer college preparation courses?
Yes. In fact, students who enroll in our college preparation programs do not pay any tuition fees. The cost of their books are also covered and students may qualify for financial assistance to cover child care and transportation costs. The primary courses offered through this program are English, Math and computer studies. Click here for more details.