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Canadian Coast Guard Officer Training Program with CCGC and Supply Chain Management Education in Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

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Established in 1951 and located at Sydney Nova Scotia in Canada, Cape Breton University (CBU) is the only post-secondary degree-granting institution on Cape Breton Island. CBS is home to over 3500 full-time and part-time students with over 900 international students from over 30 countries. The university offers undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, business, science and technology as well as CAD 1.8 million in scholarships each year.

Formerly known as University College of Cape Breton (UCCB), the college became university in 2005. Most of the degree, diploma and certificate programs offer work components through co-op education, work placements, internships or work-study programs. CBU provides personalized undergraduate education that focuses on academic and research excellence and offers applied research opportunities to students, and technical assistance to business, industry and community organizations.

Nova Scotia based students comprise approximately 60% and international students comprise approximately 30% of CBU’s enrolment. The students have many different course options, from undergraduate or graduate programs, to online education and pre-professional courses. The university’s distinctive blend of degree and diploma programs allows students to design an education ideally suited for success in the liberal arts, business, science and technology.

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Academic & Training Programs


Undergraduate Maritime Program

  • Bachelor of Technology in Nautical Science (4 years): CBU and the Canadian Coast Guard College (CCGC) have created a unique program where students set sail toward an adventurous career. Focused on marine safety and environmental protection, this one-of-a kind program provides training in either Marine Engineering or Marine Navigation as an Officer Cadet with the CCGC.
  • The four-year Officer Training Program at the Canadian Coast Guard College is a university degree. Graduates receive a Bachelor of Technology in Nautical Science from CBU and a Commercial Certification as a Ship’s Officer from Transport Canada.
  • Admission Requirements: In order to qualify to admission in the Canadian Coast Guard Officer Training Program, at a minimum you must have successfully complete a high school diploma by June 30. Required courses must be at the pre-university level suitable for post-secondary study in Science or Engineering with a grade of 70% or higher. The course prerequisites are Chemistry Grade 11, Advance Math Grade 12, Physics Grade 12, and English or French Grade 12. University or College courses may be accepted as equivalencies to the required high school courses. The Canadian Coast Guard College reserves the right to be the final arbiter of what it will accept as an academic equivalency.

Undergraduate Supply Chain Program

  • BBA in Supply Chain Management (4 years): This program provides insight into global sourcing and how it plays an essential part in the supply chain. Students gain understanding of planning and information technology tools to effectively coordinate the stakeholder activities in the supply chain. By majoring in SCM, students graduate prepared to enter the workforce with a broader understanding of SCM and business logistics.
  • Work Placement: Students will have the opportunity for real life supply and demand through a 12 week Co-op Placement and work with a mentor while earning a wage. This hands-on experience gives students a competitive edge when applying for future jobs.
  • SCM graduates can pursue additional courses offered by the Supply Chain Management Institute, and write the respective exams for certification with the Canadian Supply Chain Management Association as a Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP), or with the Canadian Institute of Traffic and Transportation (CITT) as a Certified Logistics Professional.
  • Admission Requirements: An overall average of 65% is required for all students applying to most CBU credit programs based on high school performance. Additional requirements may apply to specific programs.

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