Woman sitting at desk with cell phone, conversing with another person.

Fanshawe College has announced a strategic partnership with TechAlliance, aimed at expanding work-integrated learning (WIL) opportunities for students. This collaboration is made possible in conjunction with the Business + Higher Education Roundtable (BHER) and receives valuable support from the Government of Canada.

Mary Pierce, dean of Fanshawe’s Faculty of Business, Information Technology & Part-time expressed excitement about the partnership, stating, "This collaboration with TechAlliance aligns with our commitment to providing exceptional educational experiences for our students. Work-integrated learning is a key component of our academic philosophy, and this partnership will significantly enhance the opportunities available to our students to gain real-world experience."

In partnership with the Business + Higher Education Roundtable, and with $120,200 in financial support from the Government of Canada, this initiative aims to bridge the gap between academic learning and the skills required in the workforce. Through increased WIL opportunities, students will have the chance to apply theoretical knowledge in practical settings, preparing them for successful careers in their chosen fields.

TechAlliance, as a partner in this endeavor, brings a wealth of expertise in the technology sector and a commitment to fostering the growth and development of future professionals. The collaboration will involve joint efforts to create more than 450 WIL placements, within industry, that directly align with the needs of today's evolving job market.

"In partnership with the Business + Higher Education Roundtable, and TechAlliance, Fanshawe is taking a proactive approach to preparing our students for success in their future careers,” Pierce says. “This partnership will play a crucial role in providing our students with the skills and experience necessary to excel in the competitive workforce."

Fanshawe College and TechAlliance are committed to working together to build a robust framework that fosters collaboration between academia and industry. By leveraging the strengths of both organizations, this partnership aims to create a dynamic and enriching environment for students to thrive in their professional journeys.

About BHER

The Business + Higher Education Roundtable (BHER) is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization bringing together some of Canada's largest companies and leading post-secondary institutions. Since 2015, BHER has worked to harness the strengths of Canada's business and post-secondary education sectors to build opportunities for young Canadians, boost innovation, and drive collaboration. Learn more at www.bher.ca. Visit our WIL Hub for ways to explore, invest in, and create quality WIL opportunities.