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Ontario Marks 50th Anniversary of College System at Sault College

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Ontario Marks 50th Anniversary of College System at Sault College

Province Making Commemorative Investment to Improve the Experience of Students in Sault Ste. Marie

Ministry of Colleges and Universities

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Ontario's College System, the province is making a new investment in Sault College to enhance the experience of students.

Han Dong, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, was at Sault College today to make the announcement.

The new investment from the province will help the college revitalize its tennis centre, and improve labs, classrooms and equipment to better support students in the Natural Environment and Outdoor Studies Program.

The funding is part of a province-wide commemorative investment in each of Ontario's 24 publicly assisted colleges, to support major initiatives that enhance student learning, including the purchase of specialized software for teaching, new lab and shop equipment and technology to modernize existing classrooms and labs, facility retrofits, and other projects. This year, the province also declared April 3 to 9, 2017 as Colleges Week.

Investing in postsecondary infrastructure is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.  

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is making a commemorative investment of $1.7 million in Sault College.
  • Ontario is also providing $2 million to the Northern Colleges Collaboration, a partnership between northern Ontario’s six public colleges – Boreal, Cambrian, Canadore, Confederation, Northern and Sault – to improve student access to education in the North.
  • In September 2016, Colleges Ontario launched the Start of Something Amazing, a 15-month celebration of the college system’s 50th anniversary.
  • In 2015-16, about 84 per cent of Ontario college graduates found work within six months of graduating.
  • About 220,000 students are enrolled full time at Ontario’s 24 publicly assisted colleges.
  • Ontario is making college and university tuition free for more than 210,000 students next year through the new Ontario Student Assistance Program. Applications are now open – visit Ontario.ca/OSAP to start your application today.

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“This investment will not only help Sault College establish a centre of excellence in tennis but will also provide students in the Natural Environment and Outdoor Studies Program with new labs, classrooms and equipment so they can better monitor water, soil, plants, fish populations and migratory birds.”

Han Dong

Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development

“Our government commemorates the growth and evolution of Ontario’s college system, launched by Bill Davis, 50 years ago and the tremendous contribution they have made to our province’s economic growth and vitality. This $50 million investment will provide our students with access to leading-edge equipment and labs that will ensure they have the right skills for a knowledge and technology-driven economy.”

Deb Matthews

Deputy Premier, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development and Minister Responsible for Digital Government

“Sault College is proud to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Ontario College system. We are extremely grateful for the $1.7 million investment from the provincial government in recognition of this significant milestone in our system’s history. These funds will help us to further develop our infrastructure and equipment, which will allow us to continue to foster a positive, all-encompassing educational experience. A portion of these funds will also be allocated to the revitalization of our Waterfront and Tennis Centre, which will support both our students and community. The centre will be a legacy for students for the next 50 years.”

Dr. Ron Common

President, Sault College

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