Warden Cal Patterson and members of County Council visited Georgian College on Wednesday to present a $500,000 cheque to support learning opportunities that benefit students from across the entire region.
The gift is part of the County’s $4-million multi-year pledge to the college, which has four campuses within Simcoe County in Barrie, Orillia, Midland and Collingwood.To date, the County has invested $2.2 million in local postsecondary education at Georgian, primarily in support of the Sadlon Centre for Health, Wellness and Sciences at the Barrie Campus and the John Di Poce South Georgian Bay Campus.
“Our students, the surrounding community and employers all benefit because these facilities exist,” says MaryLynn West-Moynes, President and CEO of Georgian College. “It is because of education champions like the County of Simcoe that Georgian College has increased enrolment by 83 per cent over the past 10 years, offering more space, a technology-enhanced learning environment, and relevant, hands-on work experience, all designed to prepare the region’s future workforce.”
Both the Sadlon Centre for Health, Wellness and Sciences and the John Di Poce Campus are equipped with modern technologies such as videoconferencing equipment that allows students to access lectures and workshops hosted elsewhere without having to leave Simcoe County.
“County Council recognizes the importance of continually enhancing access to postsecondary education. We want our residents to be able to study, train and work locally,” says Warden Patterson.