Ontario marks 50th anniversary of college system

 

(l-r) Peterborough Mayor Daryl Bennett, MPP Jeff Leal, Peterborough County Warden Joe Taylor and President Tony Tilly.
(l-r) Peterborough Mayor Daryl Bennett, MPP Jeff Leal, Peterborough County Warden Joe Taylor and President Tony Tilly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEDIA RELEASE FROM THE OFFICE OF MPP JEFF LEAL, MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS AND MINISTER RESPONSIBLE FOR SMALL BUSINESS:

Province Making Commemorative Investment to Improve the Student Experience at Fleming College

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

Ontario is providing $1,777,000 to help Fleming College deliver high-quality education that will give students the skills they need for the jobs of tomorrow.

The funding will be used by Fleming 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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“This investment will provide college students at Fleming 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.”

— Jeff Leal, MPP

“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


“In celebration of our 50
th anniversary, Fleming College is grateful to receive this investment from the provincial government. It will support Fleming in undertaking major initiatives that enhance student learning. We currently have two major renovation projects underway at our campuses in Peterborough and Lindsay. Both projects will benefit from this investment, and it will help us provide our students with equipment and learning environments in which they can continue to thrive and succeed.”
– Tony Tilly, President, Fleming College

 

QUICK FACTS

  • Ontario is investing $48 million in capital funding for new equipment and learning resources and $2 million in the Northern Colleges Collaboration – a total of $50 million to mark the 50th
  • In September 2016, Colleges Ontario launched the Start of Something Amazing, a 15-month celebration of the college system’s 50th
  • 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.

 

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CONTACT
Jeff Leal’s Office
705-742-3777
jleal.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org