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Algonquin College and Shopify announce new program making experiential learning a priority

As reported by Algonquin College

Ottawa — Algonquin College and Shopify are pleased to announce a partnership that brings students into the future of commerce and design.

Sixty third-year Algonquin College Graphic Design students from the School of Media and Design will be receiving hands-on training in a pilot course that provides experiential learning opportunities at Shopify’s company headquarters. As part of the curriculum, students will partner with local businesses to improve design aspects of their companies. The students will gain expert insight and training from Shopify instructors, who collaborated with College instructors to build a multidisciplinary course.

“We are so proud of our collaboration with Shopify — it offers so many opportunities for us to connect our learning to the community beyond our campus” said Algonquin College President Cheryl Jensen. “This program elevates the idea of co-op learning and internships and really immerses our students in a real-life working environment that is recognized as one of the best in the country.”

During the nine-week course, students will learn about conceptualizing and developing design solutions, designing, developing and creating a range of media products using current and emerging technologies, and will also gain new understanding of recognized industry practices.

“As employers and educators, we have a responsibility to ensure students learn the relevant skills required in the current work environments,” said Daniel Weinand, Co-Founder & Chief Design Officer of Shopify. “The Shopify and Algonquin partnership provides expert insight and training in a multidisciplinary UX curriculum that aligns students with what they can expect in the industry and how to be successful.”