Ontario marks 50th anniversary of college system, makes commemorative investment at Niagara College

(From left) St. Catharines MPP Jim Bradley, Niagara College president Dan Patterson, Niagara Falls MPP Wayne Gates, and Niagara College Student Administrative Council president AliceMary Nakiwala stand together in the NC Greenhouse after the province's $1.9 million funding announcement for Niagara College on April 7 during Colleges Week. The tree behind them will be planted at the Niagara-on-Lake Campus in honour of the College's 50-year anniversary.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Ontarioโ€™s College System, the province declared April 3 to 9, 2017 as Colleges Week and is making a new investment in each of Ontarioโ€™s 24 publicly assisted colleges to enhance the student experience.

Ontario is providing $1,858,100 to help Niagara College deliver high-quality education that will give students the skills they need for the jobs of tomorrow.

The funding will be used by Niagara College to invest in new technology, equipment and learning spaces that will enhance the student experience.

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

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โ€œThis investment will provide college students at Niagara College with state-of-the-art materials including specialized software for teaching, new lab and shop equipment and technology to modernize existing classrooms and labs, that will ensure they have the right skills for a knowledge and technology-driven economy.โ€
โ€” Jim Bradley, MPP for St. Catharines

โ€œOur government commemorates the growth and evolution of Ontarioโ€™s college system, launched by Bill Davis, 50 years ago and the tremendous contribution they have made to our provinceโ€™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.โ€
โ€” Deb Matthews, Deputy Premier, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development and Minister Responsible for Digital Government

โ€œThe recognition by the Ontario government of the important and vital role colleges play in our communities across the province by granting this special 50th anniversary funding is appreciated,โ€ said Niagara College president Dan Patterson. โ€œThis investment in Niagara Collegeโ€™s students will help us to provide outstanding learning environments to allow our students to acquire the necessary advanced skills for employment in the future.โ€
โ€” Dan Patterson, Niagara College President

 

QUICK FACTS

๏‚ง Ontario is investing $48 million in capital funding for new equipment and learning resources and $2 million in the Northern Colleges Collaboration โ€“ a total of $50 million to mark the 50th anniversary.
๏‚ง In September 2016, Colleges Ontario launched the Start of Something Amazing, a 15-month celebration of the college systemโ€™s 50th anniversary.
๏‚ง In 2015-16, about 84 per cent of Ontario college graduates found work within six months of graduating.
๏‚ง About 220,000 students are enrolled full time at Ontarioโ€™s 24 publicly assisted colleges.
LEARN MORE

๏‚ง www.niagaracollege.ca
๏‚ง Ontario Colleges at 50: The Start of Something Amazing
๏‚ง Ontarioโ€™s colleges

CONTACT

Brian Foster
Office of Jim Bradley
MPP St. Catharines
Constituency Office
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Susan McConnel
Niagara College
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905.641.2252 x 4330
smcconnell@niagaracollege.ca