LaSalle International’s first educational establishment opens its doors in 1959. It all starts with the LaSalle College located in the LaSalle borough of Montreal. Mr. Jean-Paul Morin is the founder of the College. This Canadian entrepreneur's mission is to create job opportunities for the Quebec population by providing education that is in line with job market demands. In response to the growing demand in administrative labour at the time, the College offers its first program in secretarial training.
The College soon directs its energy to develop fashion training. In 1976, LaSalle College is entitled to government subsidies. In 1981, the ministère de l’Éducation du Québec officially recognizes the College as an educational establishment. The 90s up until now represent steady expansion of the educational network to countries around the world along with the establishment of satellite services that cater specifically to the needs of its growing student body.
In 1989, the very first international affiliate was founded in Casablanca, Morocco. Present today on 5 continents, the LCI Education network consists of 22 select higher education institutions, and some 2,000 employees offering instruction to over 12,000 students throughout the world each year. From one country to the next, LCI Education favors the harmonization of its programs, which makes for greater flexibility, better control over the quality of its services, and deeper respect towards the various cultures it works with.
Just as 50 years ago, LaSalle College continues to connect its students to the realities of the workplace. From secretarial courses back in 1959 to the opening of the Fucshia restaurant in 1996 for students in Professional Cooking and Food Service Management, the College raises the bar in private vocational training. A most recent addition, the daycare LaSalle des Petits, collaborates with the Early Childhood Education and Special Care Counselling programs to offer aspiring early childhood educators a closer look at the profession.