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St. Lawrence College praises province’s commitment to colleges

2011-03-30

(Brockville, Cornwall, Kingston, March 29, 2011) St. Lawrence College is pleased with the provincial budget’s funding for literacy, instructional equipment and 60,000 new postsecondary places.

"The government is equipping Ontario colleges to train the graduates we need to grow the province’s economy," said Chris Whitaker, President and CEO of St. Lawrence College.

"It is vital that we support students in achieving basic skills and literacy, and provide them with the equipment they need, to develop the cutting edge job skills required by employers."

Funding commitments to postsecondary institutions and students include:

· $44 million over three years for literacy and basic skills.

· $20 million in instructional equipment for 2011-2012.

· $64 million in 2011-2012, rising to $309 million in 2013-14 for operating grants for an additional 60,000 postsecondary places by 2015-16.

· An additional $22.5 million this year for the Summer Jobs Strategy, which targets youth in high-needs neighbourhoods.

"The government is acting now to ensure our future is not one of jobs without people and people without jobs," said Whitaker. "This budget will increase the number of Ontarians with postsecondary credentials, in order to have the skilled population Ontario needs to create greater prosperity."

The budget also includes a commitment to create new multi-year accountability agreements, which ensure that postsecondary institutions operate efficiently and transparently.

"We look forward to working with government to create these agreements," said Whitaker. "Ontario’s colleges are eager to demonstrate wherever possible that we are responsible and responsive partners."

 

 About St. Lawrence College
Located along the shores of the St. Lawrence River, SLC has three campuses in Brockville, Cornwall and Kingston. St. Lawrence College boasts 6,500 full-time students from Canada, and more than 40 countries worldwide. Our college community includes 20,000 part-time students, 1,000 staff, and more than 70,000 alumni. We also serve more than 3,000 Employment Services clients annually. The college has recently invested in the development of Applied Research with many exciting projects in progress. In addition revitalization of our campuses is underway to support new and innovate new programs including; Wind Turbine Technician, Game Development Technician, and Fine Arts, among others.

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Laura Tulchinsky
St. Lawrence College, Communications
613-544-5400, ext. 1291