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Keyin College (Keyin) and the College of the North Atlantic (CNA) made history with the signing of the first-ever Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between a public and a private college in Newfoundland and Labrador. To acknowledge the significance of this partnership and mark the occasion, college officials were joined by The Honourable Tom Osborne, Minister of Education and industry partners including techNL, Verafin and ClearRisk.

The establishment of this MOU means, effective September 2021, students graduating from Keyin College’s targeted diploma programs will have their credits recognized for entry into the College of the North Atlantic’s Information Management (Post-Diploma) program. The MOU formalizes a partnership between the two colleges in response to the province’s increasing demand for digital workers now and into the future.

Despite the challenges in the province’s economy, there are significant opportunities in the digital workforce that equates to thousands of new jobs now and for the years ahead.  Keyin and CNA are committed working together to provide Newfoundlanders and Labradorians with every opportunity to access those careers.  This ground-breaking partnership collectively provides enhanced training and expanded learning pathways which facilitate a bridge from Keyin to CNA programs.

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“Our government has put the call out to post-secondary institutions in the province, public and private, to prioritize technology education. Today’s announced agreement between Keyin and CNA is a meaningful step in this regard, and Keyin’s new campus will ensure that its students prepare for the digital workforce across numerous fields of study. I look forward to the continued achievements of Keyin and CNA students as they prepare for the workforce of the future.” – The Honourable Tom Osborne, Minister of Education

“Digital skills are in high demand across all sectors in Newfoundland and Labrador and Keyin College is incredibly proud to sign this historic agreement today with the College of the North Atlantic to provide students with even more options to gain the training they need to participate in this exciting segment of our economy.” – Craig Tucker, President of Keyin College

“Data and Information Protection is a growing area of importance and will continue to be so as we move towards an increasingly digital economy. Many sectors, including corporations and governments, are finding it difficult to attract individuals with the skills to ensure personal and corporate data is protected. Through this agreement with Keyin College, we are expanding the eligibility pool for entrance into CNA’s Post Graduate Diploma in Information Management. Through partnerships like this we can close the gap between supply and demand in this vital and growing field.” – Stephen Warren, Dean, CNA’s School of Business and Information Technology

“Developing a world-class talent pipeline is critical for Newfoundland and Labrador’s technology and innovation sector to grow and scale. Our companies struggle to find the talent they need, which is becoming a world-wide issue. In a province like ours, we have the opportunity to be nimble and agile, responding to the needs of industry, in ways that other places cannot. We can, and should, do things differently here – creating new partnerships, building new approaches to life-long learning, and embracing change. The announcement today by Keyin College and the College of the North Atlantic is a much needed step in this direction. Our sector is thrilled to see these upcoming changes to the delivery of technology-related education, and we look forward to working with such strong partners to build the world-class talent pipeline we need.” – Paul Preston, CEO, techNL