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New agreement with Royal Roads gives Douglas College Youth Justice students direct path to degree completion

 Youth Justice students at Douglas College can now complete a bachelor’s degree at Victoria’s Royal Roads University.

Douglas has partnered with Royal Roads University (RRU) with a transfer agreement that allows Youth Justice Diploma students from Douglas to transfer seamlessly into the third year of the Bachelor of Arts in Justice Studies. The transfer agreement is effective immediately.

Karla Gronsdahl, Dean of Child, Family and Community Studies at Douglas College, says this new agreement is important because it offers a degree-completion path specifically in the youth justice field and is offered almost entirely online, with the exception of short on-campus residencies.

“The RRU degree is a very appealing option because it allows students to remain in their own communities and even work while finishing their credential. Anytime we can help students continue their education and open more doors to meaningful employment, we have succeeded,” says Gronsdahl.

The Youth Justice Program is a unique program in B.C that blends child and youth counselling, criminology and youth justice. Students do two practicums, which prepares them to work with at-risk youth and youth in the justice system once they graduate.

“Given the practical nature of our program, students are able to successfully move into the field and find rewarding positions. But more of our students are choosing to continue on with a bachelor's degree. Having another option for students to complete their BA opens up a lot of opportunities,” says Meaghan Dougherty, Douglas College Youth Justice Instructor.



Melissa Nilan

Communications Coordinator, Douglas College

604 527 5547