Groundbreaking for new technology centre part of Ontario's plan for the double cohort

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Groundbreaking for new technology centre part of Ontario's plan for the double cohort

TORONTO, Nov. 19 /CNW/ - The Ontario government's commitment to create 73,000 new student spaces passed another milestone with the groundbreaking ceremony for a new Technology Enhanced Learning building at York University, Training, Colleges and Universities Minister Dianne Cunningham announced today.
"Through SuperBuild, we, with our partners, are investing $1.8 billion to create new student spaces in campuses across Ontario to prepare for the expected increase in enrolment," Cunningham said. "This is part of our plan to ensure every willing and motivated student continues to secure a space in a college or university."
The new $84 million Technology Enhanced Learning building is a collaboration between York University and Seneca College and will include 4,000 new student spaces in new classrooms and laboratories. Students will be able to take joint degree programs in such areas as applied science and technology, information technology and applied computing, business, health studies, and communications and multi-media.
"This innovative project, which brings together a university and a college, is one way we are providing students with a wider range of choices in high quality postsecondary education," Cunningham said. "By working together, we are ensuring that our students will be prepared to compete and succeed in today's rapidly changing economy."
In addition to new capital construction, since SuperBuild was established in 1999, it has invested $297.5 million to modernize and renew existing college and university facilities. As part of its plan for the double cohort, the government has also committed to $293 million in increased operating grants for postsecondary institutions by 2003-04 to help them hire new faculty required to respond to the increased enrolment.
The double cohort refers to the students currently in grades 11 and 12 who will graduate at the same time in 2003. These are the first students to graduate from the new four-year high school program and the last students to graduate from the old Ontario Academic Credit program.

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