New technology enhanced centre at Georgian College part of Ontario's commitment for increased student enrolment
BARRIE, ON, April 23 /CNW/ - The Ontario government's commitment to create 73,000 new student spaces passed another milestone with a groundbreaking ceremony for the home of two SuperBuild projects at Georgian College, 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 at campuses across Ontario to prepare for the expected increase in enrolment," Cunningham said. "This is part of our plan to ensure every willing and qualified student continues to secure a space in a college or university."
"With this new building, Georgian can offer more choice in the type of education available to students in the Barrie area and better prepare them for the skilled jobs available in our new economy," said Joe Tascona, MPP for Barrie-Simcoe-Bradford.
The Government of Ontario, through SuperBuild, has contributed $17 million to the total cost of the new building at Georgian College that will create approximately 2,700 new student spaces in time for the increased enrolment in 2003. The building will accommodate both the Centre for Technology Enhanced Learning and the University-College Collaborative Programming project, a joint project between Georgian College and York University. The new building will be used for an applied degree program in automotive management, diploma programs such as automotive technology, information technology, tool and die maker and tourism, and for collaborative programming with York University in nursing, education and the arts.
"This innovative project, which brings together postsecondary institutions with the private sector and both local and provincial governments, 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, the Ontario government 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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For further information: Dave Ross, Minister's Office, (416) 326-1625; Bruce Skeaff, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2709