Georgian students lead busy lives with varied schedules and they want more options to accelerate their learning.
That is why the Students’ Administrative Councils (SAC) at the Barrie, Orillia and Owen Sound campuses voted unanimously to contribute $7.2 million over 10 years to the college’s Power of Education campaign to help transform the student experience. It is the largest campaign contribution in Georgian’s history.
The funding will support several important initiatives including the development and implementation of a project that will serve all students at all seven campuses.
“My job is to do what is best for all students and to look ahead at all the possibilities,” says Jordana Osetti, SAC President at the Barrie Campus. “Just as past student councils have invested in projects that I’m reaping the benefits of today, I think it’s important to leave a legacy for future students, which is why I’m proud to support these projects as a student.”
An online portal will allow students to access services anytime, anywhere, from any device. Through the portal, they’ll be able to chat with an expert, access online reference materials and software from Georgian libraries and labs, book online appointments with their advisors, buy their books and meal plans, and more.
Students have also chosen to invest in new facilities that will enhance their athletic and common spaces at the Barrie, Orillia and Owen Sound campuses.
At the Barrie Campus, the portal will be complemented by a new Student Service Centre. The Administrative Building will undergo renovations and will be designed to offer access to all student services in one location in a concierge-style approach.
In addition, a new sports field will add value to the college and the community. It will be used by varsity and intramural athletes as well as academic programs that have fitness training components.
At the Orillia Campus, SAC has chosen to contribute to the college’s plans to establish a Centre for Community Safety and Centre for Social Entrepreneurship. The 32,000-square-foot expansion, which is conditional on additional fundraising efforts, will include a Modular Training Centre and common spaces for students to meet and study.
At the Owen Sound Campus, students will also receive upgrades to fitness facilities, as well as new technology in the cafeteria, which serves as the main student space.
“Our students take their education seriously and they have a vested interest in the resources that will accelerate their learning and college experience,” says Georgian College President and CEO MaryLynn West-Moynes. “I’m proud of them for leading the way in our campaign to transform the student experience. I have no doubt that their contribution will inspire others to give in support of our future thinkers, creators, leaders and doers.”