Our College’s proud history over more than three decades can easily be divided into three eras.
In the fall of 1965, the institution opened its doors as the Sault Ste. Marie Ontario Vocational Centre, or OVC. Similar “training schools” began in London and Ottawa.
The OVCs evolved into Ontario’s community colleges. In 1967 the Ontario government established a system of Colleges of Applied Arts & Technology, more often known as community colleges.
Sault Ste. Marie’s OVC became the Sault Campus of the newly established Cambrian College of Applied Arts & Technology. Its main campus was located in Sudbury. A second satellite campus opened in North Bay.
Community colleges enjoyed immediate public acceptance and support. In fact, Cambrian’s enrolment growth was so rapid that within only five years the satellites became independent colleges.
The independent Sault College of Applied Arts & Technology emerged in 1973. Cambrian’s second satellite campus – in North Bay – became Canadore College of Applied Arts & Technology.
Sault College has grown tremendously over the years, adding programs in all disciplines. We now respond to the postsecondary educational needs of more than 4,500 part-time and full-time students each year.
Our college upgrading programs will give you the knowledge and skills needed for success in our college programs.
As an Academic Upgrading student, you will choose your courses based on the results of your course placement tests and/or the college/apprenticeship program you would like to take.
Get a jump start on college by enrolling in a dual credit course at Sault College.
The diploma-after-degree program is available in many areas of our College. This involves getting credit for many of the courses you’ve already taken at the university level while entering the College system for an additional year to gain solid practical experience. You’ll take a compressed version of our various College programs and get important work experience in your field of study.
More and more university graduates are returning to College after getting their degree because here, you are given the opportunity to master critical skills that reinforce the concepts and theory you’ve studied. During your field placements, you’ll also get to know desirable employers who’ll have a chance to see just what you can do in the workplace. These relationships can help you a secure good job in the place you’d most like to work.