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College welcomes investment into infrastructure improvements


(Brockville, June 1, 2009) – St. Lawrence Colleges welcomes the announcement of $1.3 million in funding for its Brockville campus from the federal and provincial governments. This money will help fund projects that will greatly improve the learning environment for our students, such as modernizing laboratories and classrooms, as well as accommodating increasing enrolment.

This investment is part of the Knowledge Infrastructure Program, the federal government’s two-year, $2-billion plan to repair and expand research and educational facilities at colleges and universities across Canada and Ontario’s commitment to invest $780 million in its colleges and universities to modernize facilities and boost the province’s long-term research and skills training capacity over the next two years.

"We are very pleased to receive this injection of funding by the federal and provincial governments," said Chris Whitaker, president & CEO of St. Lawrence College. "Our enrolment continues to grow and we will use these funds to ensure we can modernize our facilities to continue to meet the learning needs of our current and future students."

In five years enrolment on the Brockville campus is expected to grow to more than 700 students from its current population of nearly 500. This growth can be accommodated in the existing building through the re-purposing and modernization of existing areas. This project will provide the additional facilities required to accommodate growth in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, Music Theater Performance program, and more.

"By investing in this project the government and College will generate economic benefits and support job creation, enhance research capacity, support the attraction of new students and provide a better educational experience for the highly skilled workers of tomorrow," Whitaker said.