by Leo Aul
Fanshawe College is one of Ontario’s largest colleges. There are two campuses in London including the new downtown campus established in fall 2018. This new campus can host approximately 1,600 students and offers Schools of Information Technology and Tourism, Hospitality and Culinary Arts programs. Fanshawe also has campuses in Simcoe, Woodstock and St. Thomas. As a comprehensive college, Fanshawe is known for offering more than 200 degrees, diplomas, certificates and apprenticeships programs to approximately 43,000 students in full-time and part-time studies. Many of these students are international students, who come to study here from approximately 90 different countries.
“We’re a comprehensive college, that means we do not specialize in one thing,” says Elaine Gamble, Fanshawe College’s Senior Manage of Corporate Communications. “We offer this whole suite of programs that appeal to people coming right out of high school as well as people who may have already completed their university degree and wanted some more hands-on learning. We appeal to people who may be changing careers and want to try something different. We have part-time and online programs for people who have busy family lives or other jobs already. We have a variety of flexible alternatives for people, so they can fit their learning in with the rest of their lives.”
Fanshawe, among its many programs offers people the opportunity to study Public Relations and Corporate Communications. “This program has had a long-standing connection with IABC London; many IABC members through their organizations help out with that program by hosting students for their placements at those organizations. The experience for the students and the organization having new enthusiastic people makes this mutually beneficial for both sides. IABC London also offers student memberships which help them get an introduction to a professional organization,” says Elaine.
Elaine shared how she has worked with IABC London IABC on various initiatives on a professional level, and that this connection inspired her to make an impact with IABC London by asking the college to contributing to IABC London’s 40th Anniversary Ruby Jubilee Celebration on June 6th, 2019. As a result, Fanshawe was able to commit as a silver-level sponsor of the celebration event. Making this impact was attributed to the great organizations and resources the city of London has to offer.