Message from Dan Patterson: Niagara Falls Campus update

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I am writing to provide an update on our Niagara Falls Campus.

Last spring we announced that the academic programs currently operating at the Niagara Falls Campus will be relocating to the Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake campuses for September 2017 to allow students access to the enhanced level of services, amenities and overall Niagara College experience that students at the Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake campuses are experiencing with our campus redevelopment projects.  These projects include enhanced student services at both campuses, new learning commons and student commons spaces, a new fitness centre and gymnasium at Niagara-on-the-Lake, and new and enhanced classroom and labs at both campuses.

With the relocation of academic programs to our Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake campuses underway, we have made the decision to list the Niagara Falls campus property for sale.

We feel the timing is right for this move. We are investing $65 million in projects at the Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake Campuses that are modernizing our learning environments, improving our facilities and enhancing the experience that we offer students. This creates an opportunity to move the programs that operated at the Niagara Falls Campus to the Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake campuses, while providing the best possible facilities for teaching and learning.

And while this decision is driven primarily by our commitment to our students, it also makes financial sense at a time when sound fiscal management is more important than ever, especially as new and improved spaces become available at our full-service Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake campuses. This decision will generate revenue and savings that can be re-directed to learning resources and services that benefit all students.

Our Niagara Falls Campus enjoys a rich history. It was home to our culinary and hospitality and tourism programs for many years, it provided an important resource for Niagara’s hospitality and tourism sector, and most recently it was home to the Hairstyling, Hospitality and Tourism Management, and International Business Management programs, as well as the International Partnerships and Business Development teams and the Job Centre. Over the years it has been the people – the faculty, staff and administrators who worked at the Niagara Falls Campus – who played such an important role in the building’s history, while providing such an exceptional experience for the students who studied there.

It is expected that the listing of the Niagara Falls Campus property will be made public in the near future, and we will provide further updates as they become available. If you have questions regarding the Niagara Falls Campus, please contact Pam Skinner, VP Corporate Services, at pskinner@niagaracollege.ca.

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