Eves government creating 500 more spaces for the double cohort
TORONTO, Nov. 19 /CNW/ - The Ernie Eves government's plan to ensure that every willing and qualified student continues to have a place in college or university is taking another step forward with the official ground breaking ceremony of the new Sharp Centre for Design at the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD), Training, Colleges and Universities Minister Dianne Cunningham announced today.
"It is a top priority of our government to ensure that every student has access to the fullest range of high quality postsecondary education and training programs they need to reach their full potential," Cunningham said. "This project creates 500 more spaces for the double cohort and recognizes OCAD's long tradition of providing students with high quality education in art and design."
The Ontario government, through SuperBuild, has contributed $24 million to this development. The project has two components: the retrofit of the college's existing buildings and the construction of the new Sharp Centre for Design. The new facility will house all design programs under one roof, creating greater convenience and efficiency for students.
"This innovative project, which brings together a university, the private sector and government, is just one of the ways we are providing students with more high-quality choices in postsecondary education," Cunningham said. "By working together, we are accommodating increasing enrolments, and ensuring that Ontario students will be prepared to compete and succeed in today's rapidly changing economy."
"This investment by the Ontario government is the first major building project at OCAD in over 30 years, and the most significant in the college's 126-year history," said Ron Shuebrook, president of OCAD. "Many more of Ontario's talented students will now have an opportunity to pursue a post- secondary education in art or design. Our new facilities and recent degree- granting status, combined with an exemplary faculty, ensures that Ontario students will receive the highest quality education possible in art and design."
As part of its plan for the double cohort, the Ontario government, with its partners, is investing $2.2 billion in 61 projects to create over 79,000 new student spaces at campuses across Ontario through the SuperBuild initiative. Since SuperBuild was established in 1999, the Ontario government has invested $337.5 million to modernize and renew existing college and university facilities to accommodate additional students.
The government has also committed $368 million in increased operating grants for postsecondary institutions by 2003-2004.
In addition, in the 2002 Budget the government announced that it would commit to new postsecondary SuperBuild proposals to increase the number of student spaces in the areas where they are most needed.
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For further information: Dave Ross, Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, (416) 325-2709; Andrew Bennett, Minister's Office, (416) 326-5748