Sault College (also referred to as Sault College of Applied Arts and Technology) is one of 24 publicly funded colleges in Ontario. Sault College is located in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and began in 1965 as the Ontario Vocational Centre. Today, Sault College offers full-time and part-time opportunities for students in post-secondary, apprenticeship, adult retraining, continuing education, and contract training program categories. Sault College's full-time and part-time enrollment totals about 4,500 registrants annually.
In the fall of 1965, the institution opened its doors as the Sault Ste. Marie Ontario Vocational Centre, or OVC. Similar "vocational schools" began in London and Ottawa. The OVCs evolved into Ontario's colleges. In 1967 the Ontario government established a system of Colleges of Applied Arts & Technology. The college was established during the formation of Ontario’s college system. Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology were established on May 21, 1965.
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. Colleges enjoyed immediate public acceptance and support. In fact, Cambrian's enrollment 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. They now respond to the postsecondary educational needs of more than 4,500 part-time and full-time students each year. Sault College offers education in a number of areas including: Apprenticeship, Aviation, Business, Community Integration through Co-operative Education (CICE), Community Services, Continuing Education, Culinary and Hospitality, Engineering Technology, General Arts and Science, Health Programs, Information Technology Studies, Justice Studies, Language and Communication, Media and Design, Native Education, Natural Environment and Outdoor Studies, Salon and Spa Services, Skilled Trades, Transportation, and Marine Engine Training Programs.
The Sault College campus is currently undergoing upgrades. The Algoma Public Health Building on campus has been built to in cooperation to service the community of Sault Ste. Marie while being a comfortable location for students in the Nursing program to learn. Essar Hall, which opened in 2011, acts as the main entrance to Sault College. The state of the art facility was built to encompass the elements of the Northern Ontario location. The building was named after Essar Steel Algoma, which donated $1 million towards the ‘Inspiring Growth’ capital campaign for Sault College.
Opening in September 2013, The Sault College Health and Wellness Centre will service the students’ needs for healthy active life styles, study space, food and drink, as well as the new home of the Sault College Cougars Athletic Department.
Future projects include the construction of a new residence building for the growing student housing needs and ‘The Common Link’. The Common Link, named after the current president of the college, Dr. Common, will act as a connection between the current campus and the new Health and Wellness Centre.
The new $12.5 million Student Health & Wellness Centre is a 40,000 square foot facility consisting of:
- Academic labs to enhance student learning
- Fitness rooms to promote student & employee health and wellness
- Meeting space to host the sharing of ideas and information
- New gymnasium to better accommodate varsity sports
- New Student Life Centre