Ontario Invest in Sault College Multi-Media Centre
New Facility Will Help Meet Need For Remote And Distance Education
SUDBURY - The McGuinty government is improving access to quality long-distance education in the North by investing in the construction of a new multi-media centre at Sault College, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.
"The technology offered by the centre will help meet the needs of the regional and rural business community which identifies training and upgrading employee skills as a major challenge to remaining competitive," said Sault Ste. Marie MPP David Orazietti. "This new facility will be used intensively to deliver structured programming, staff training and other college or community events that will contribute significantly to the social and economic well-being of northerners."
The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) is providing $750,000 to Sault College to construct a 195-seat video conferencing and lecture theatre. This project will see the renovation of existing space into state-of-the-art multi-media infrastructure that will play a vital role in delivering on-site programs as well as expanding distance education programs. Sault College is an active partner with Contact North in providing distance education to northerners. The centre will be equipped to perform a broad range of functions such as slide and video presentations, including advanced features that support enhanced audience interactivity and group video conferencing. The college's wireless network will also be reinforced to meet the needs of the new centre.
"Sault College and partners will now be in a position to deliver better long distance and interactive education to rural and remote locations," said Bartolucci, who also chairs the NOHFC. "This project will enable more northerners to tap into many of Sault College's programs, including programs that will be developed in partnership with the Northern Ontario Medical School."
This is one more example of how, working together, the McGuinty government has achieved results in the Sault Ste. Marie area. Other examples include:
- Providing $250,000 from the NOHFC to Algoma University College to establish a computer gaming technology centre that will help graduate students in gaming technology commercialize their projects
- Investing a total of $930,000 in the expansion of the Black Loon Millworks custom hardwood millwork operation
- Providing nearly $1.3 million to the Garden River Truss Company to assist with the development of a plant that will manufacture value-added wood products in the First Nation community.
These initiatives are part of the government's Northern Prosperity Plan for building stronger northern communities. It has four pillars: Strengthening the North and its Communities; Listening to and Serving Northerners Better; Competing Globally; and Providing Opportunities for All.