Today, Cape Breton University and 36 Combat Engineer Regiment, Victoria Park signed a five year co-operative educational and employment opportunity agreement. The Memorandum of Understanding is a renewal of an existing relationship that is expected to be beneficial for CBU Engineering Technology Diploma and Degree students.
The agreement establishes that the Military will offer CBU Engineering Technology students an opportunity to join the local 45 Engineer Squadron Army Reserve detachment under the Basic Engineering Officer Training program. This provides students with continuing employment, tailored to their academic schedules, while they pursue their studies. Students will be presented with a blend of paid military training requirements and technical employment opportunities, along with tuition and fee reimbursement possibilities.
“This is a great day for our current and potential members of 36 Combat Engineer Regiment,” said Lieutenant Colonel Larry Baba, Commanding Officer of 36 Combat Engineer Regiment. “The Canadian Army in Atlantic Canada and CBU will certainly benefit from this relationship – we will get bright, young officers who will lead our soldiers into the future and CBU students will benefit from a well-rounded experience that will assist them in their personal lives as well as in their potential engineering occupations.”
Cape Breton University will endorse the employment and training experience, where appropriate, as a valid co-operative (co-op) work placement requirement for the Engineering Technology Cooperative program. Unit training accumulated throughout the degree period can count as a second work placement, allowing Engineering Technology Diploma and Degree students to be eligible for graduation with co-operative designation if they complete two placements.
“We see this MOU with 36 Combat Engineer Regiment as an important means for students to gain valuable learning and leadership experience. Collaborations of this type lend themselves to real world applications of classroom theory. Engineering students are thinkers and builders whose calling is to identify real word solutions, often in a team environment,” notes Dr. Robert Bailey, Vice-President, Academic & Professional Studies (Provost). "I am very pleased that we at CBU are working in a spirit of cooperation with Canada's military and expect that our students will see this as an attractive learning opportunity.”
The new agreement goes into effect immediately and consultation on its progress and success with take place on a regular basis.