Belleville, Ontario, January 28, 2020 – Today Loyalist College proudly opened the third floor of its renovated Northumberland Wing, an initiative made possible through a $2.4M government investment in 2016, of which $1.6M came from the Federal Government and $0.8M came from the Government of Ontario. Loyalist contributed an additional $0.8M for a total investment of $3.2M. Funding from the Government of Canada is allocated through the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund to enhance and modernize research facilities on Canadian campuses and improve the environmental sustainability of these facilities.
Renovations were conceptualized in Loyalist 2020, the College’s Strategic Plan for 2015-2020, to build upon the integrated technology-enabled student experiences provided by Loyalist staff and faculty. The Wing’s transformation, which began in 2017, features innovative experiential learning environments, interprofessional simulation centres and high-tech classrooms. Students and community health partners use the latest simulation technology to participate in realistic, interactive scenarios as well as educational upgrading.
“When the Government of Canada committed $1.6M to Loyalist College in 2016, to upgrade the range and types of tools used in the Human Simulation Lab, it was clear that the quality of training already offered through the College’s Health, Human and Justice Studies programs had been recognized. Our community really looks forward to seeing the extended innovation made possible by Loyalist’s students and faculty through the new training spaces, equipment, and advanced program support offered by the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund.” – Neil Ellis, MP (Bay of Quinte), Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
“This state-of-the-art Wing will allow students to gain practical learning experiences in the health, social development, and public safety sectors. As a Loyalist graduate, I couldn’t be more proud of this investment. These facilities will ensure that Loyalist College continues to meet the changing workforce needs of our Bay of Quinte community.” – Hon. Todd Smith, MPP (Bay of Quinte), Minister of Children, Community and Social Services
“Loyalist students are getting hands-on opportunities in this newly-renovated tech-enabled learning environment to put their skills to work, whether it is caring for patients in a community or hospital setting, providing support to promote health and prevent illness, or to be the first responders in case of emergency. It’s impressive to see the remarkable work being undertaken here at Loyalist to help prepare our students for the jobs of today and tomorrow.” – Hon. Ross Romano, MPP (Sault Ste. Marie), Minister of Colleges and Universities
“We are grateful to the Government of Canada and Government of Ontario for their generous investments in renewed infrastructure at Loyalist College. In the updated Northumberland Wing, where students collaborate on interprofessional projects and applied research, we have been able to extend our program offerings, learning experiences and educational outcomes to respond to the labour market and drive socio-economic growth in the Bay of Quinte region.” – Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan, President and CEO, Loyalist College
About Loyalist College
Loyalist is Ontario’s Destination College, empowering students, faculty, staff, and partners through experiential, industry cluster-based education, training and applied research programs. The College provides career-ready graduates for, and knowledge transfer to, industry and the community. Of 2017-18 Loyalist graduates, 88.5 percent were employed within six months after graduation. Located on more than 200 acres in the beautiful Bay of Quinte region, the College is perfectly positioned between Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. Loyalist offers more than 70 full-time diploma, certificate and apprenticeship programs in biosciences, building sciences, business, community service, health and wellness, media studies, public safety, and skilled trades. Continuing education options are available through LoyalistFocus.com, including hundreds of online, distance and in-class courses, and through the College’s 100+ university transfer agreements. Loyalist is a key driver of social and economic health in eastern Ontario. It contributes 5.8 percent of the Gross Regional Product, representing $465 million annually to the regional economy – based on an October 2018 report by Emsi. For more information on Loyalist’s Belleville and Bancroft campuses and Port Hope satellite location, visit YoureGoingPlaces.com.
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