Four Cegeps offering specialized technical programs

École nationale du meuble et de l’ébénisterie

The École nationale du meuble et de l’ébénisterie creates cohorts of innovative professionals who become designers, business owners and sought-after woodworkers. Upon completing the school’s three-year technical diploma in furniture and woodworking, graduates work in areas such as residential and office furniture, and home renovations.

Nine-month professional diplomas are also offered in upholstery and furniture finishing. The school has two campuses—in Montreal and Victoriaville. Students in Victoriaville have access to a 65,000-square-foot woodworking workshop. On this campus, they can also seek housing with the Cégep de Victoriaville’s residence.

Affordable housing options can also be found in close proximity to the school. During the school year, students can display their work at the yearly student exhibition held on both campuses. For the Christmas market, students develop a business plan and sell their creations to real buyers. The school also holds a Gala Méritas each year to highlight students’ achievements and community involvement.

Institut maritime du Québec (IMQ)

Located in Rimouski, the Institut maritime du Québec has been training future captains, researchers, naval architects and mechanical engineers since 1944. The college’s emergency training centre is a 30,000-square-foot facility in Lévis that includes a fire station, a diving pool, computer science labs and equipment for navigation simulations. Using cutting-edge technology, students safely learn to face real-life threats.

Students can study in technical diploma programs such as logistics and transport, marine navigation, professional diving and marine mechanical engineering. Thanks to the IMQ’s agreements with more than 30 shipping companies, the institute offers internships that include food and board at sea during the school year and the summer. The institute’s continuing education program also offers rescue and survival training at sea and teaches students how to combat fires on ships.

Institut de technologie agroalimentaire (ITA)

The Institut de technologie agroalimentaire offers seven technical college diplomas on two campuses: one in Saint-Hyacinthe, and one in La Pocatière. Saint-Hyacinthe is situated in Quebec’s agro-food technology park; La Pocatière is in the beautiful region of Bas-Saint-Laurent. College attestations shorter college diplomas that exclude general education courses—and one-year professional diplomas are both available for professionals working in animal production. Among the school’s specialized programs, the ITA offers career diplomas in agricultural and mechanical engineering, landscape and commercial horticulture, and equine technical studies. Students can complete a 1,245-hour diploma in animal production to work in animal husbandry or as professional grooms.

The college has agreements with Université de Montréal, McGill University, the École de technologie supérieure and Université Laval for students who wish to complete a diploma of college studies and a bachelor springboard program in agronomy, biology and landscape architecture. The ITA’s many facilities include a school farm, an eco-responsible horticultural pavilion, an organic dairy production unit, an equestrian centre, dairy and food processing plants, greenhouse complexes, and welding workshops. Internships and field trips are possible on almost every continent for most programs.

Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec (ITHQ)

The ITHQ is located in the heart of Montreal, a few steps from the Sherbrooke Metro station. The institute offers specialized secondary and post-secondary courses in tourism, hospitality and food services.

The school has over 20 different programs, including multiple professional diplomas in fine cuisine, pastry and wine. It also offers three technical college diploma programs in management and two bachelor degrees programs in hospitality. ITHQ is one of the rare institutions to offer a wine-waiting program, training generations of sommeliers each year. A team of 120 experienced teachers, professional chefs and skilled managers share their passion with the school’s students.

For hands-on training on campus, the institute houses a bar, two restaurants and a four-star hotel, all run by students. The college has many partnerships with chain hotels such as the Marriott, the Fairmont, Relais & Châteaux and Club Med; students can access paid internships during their studies.

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