Collège de Rosemont celebrates 25 years of Cégep à distance

Montréal, April 4, 2016 – On April 1st of this year, Collège de Rosemont celebrated the 25th anniversary of Cégep à distance under the theme 25 Years With You. A number of government officials and members of the educational community, as well as more than 200 Collège de Rosemont employees, attended the event.

With its expertise in distance education, the Collège de Rosemont created Cégep à distance in 1991 after the Minister of Education gave it the mandate to develop and offer college-level distance education in Quebec. “Over the past 25 years, the innovative and dedicated team at Cégep à distance has used new technologies as they became available to create a self-supporting, asynchronous college-level distance education program, while at the same time testing various delivery and supervision models,” explained Stéphane Godbout, Executive Director of the Collège de Rosemont. “In the coming years, the expertise of Cégep à distance will be called upon in a collaborative effort to extend distance education to other educational sectors at the Collège de Rosemont, and in the Quebec college network,” he added.

Attending the event was Jean-François Lehoux, Director General of Affaires universitaires et interordres at the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur, who spoke of the importance of distance learning in education:  “Distance learning is growing rapidly at all levels of education and plays an increasingly influential role in the curriculum of the student population. The expertise developed by Cégep à distance during its first 25 years is invaluable for the future of distance education in Quebec.”

Over a quarter century, Cégep à distance has welcomed more than 290,000 students – making it the most highly attended cegep in Quebec. Students have taken a total of more than 450 000 courses.

“Cégep à distance has thus helped a large number of students complete their studies and graduate, and it has contributed to the development of Quebec society by giving it access to an innovative form of higher education,” applauded Louis-René Dessureault, Director of Cégep à distance.” The upgrading of our digital environments will be finalized this year. This marks an important milestone in the history of Cégep à distance and we are looking ahead to the future of the cegep and to that of its students with great optimism,” he concluded.

Cégep à distance is an integral part of the Collège de Rosemont offering programs in French that lead to a diploma of college studies (DEC, for its French acronym) or an attestation of college studies (AEC, for its French acronym). Some courses are also offered in English. Every year, some 17,000 people register for one or more of the 140 credit courses offered in French and English, for a total of more than 27,000 course registrations. All courses are offered in the continuous registration model.