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Colleges pleased with reaffirmed budget commitment to critical repairs

2014-07-15, 11:54 AM

Ontario’s colleges are pleased that the provincial budget tabled Monday has reaffirmed the government’s commitment to invest in critical maintenance repairs at colleges and universities.

“These investments help ensure that students get access to effective learning environments,” said Glenn Vollebregt, President and CEO of St. Lawrence College. “We are pleased that the government has reaffirmed its commitment to essential repairs at the colleges.”

The 2014 Ontario Budget announced that capital allocations for repairs and maintenance at colleges and universities will increase to $40 million a year starting in 2015-16, up from $26 million this year. In 2019-20, the amount will increase to $100 million. The need to invest in repairs and maintenance at colleges has been a priority for the sector. Ontario’s colleges have a significant backlog of deferred maintenance work that needs to be addressed.

The budget commitment to improve college facilities is particularly important as Ontario works to produce a more highly skilled and qualified workforce.

There is a particularly strong demand for access to quality programs at the colleges. Enrolment at Ontario’s colleges this year was at an all-time high, and the number of university graduates enrolled in colleges has grown more than 40 per cent over five years.

Other important highlights in the Ontario budget include funding for regional skills-training programs for Aboriginal Peoples and a commitment to expand work-integrated learning options for post-secondary students.

“Growing number of students and parents recognize the importance of college education in the new economy,” Vollebregt said. “The budget initiatives announced will help students pursue college programs that lead to rewarding careers. We also hope to be able to expand the range of degree programs at colleges to help more young people get the qualifications and advanced skills that are essential in this economy.”

St. Lawrence College continues to come out ahead of the provincial average in every category of the Key Performance Indicators (KPI), with 88.2 per cent of our graduates finding work within six months of graduation.

“We know our graduates are well prepared for their chosen careers after leaving SLC,” Vollebregt said. “This budget will allow us to continue to put our students first and ensure they are getting the best possible education and training for their future success.”

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For more information:

Laura Tulchinsky
St. Lawrence College, Communications
613-544-5400, ext. 1291
Cell: 613-329-2451
ltulchinsky@sl.on.ca