Loy­al­ist gets $1.4 mil­lion

Pro­vin­cial funds to be used to pur­chase new equip­ment, en­hance learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment

The Intelligencer (Belleville) - - NEWS - BEA SERDON

To cel­e­brate the 50th an­niver­sary of On­tario’s col­lege sys­tem, the prov­ince will be in­vest­ing $50 mil­lion in cap­i­tal fund­ing for new equip­ment and learn­ing re­sources in the 24 pub­licly funded col­leges across the prov­ince.

Northum­ber­land-Quinte West MPP Lou Ri­naldi an­nounced that Loy­al­ist Col­lege will ac­quire $1.4 mil­lion from the ini­tial fund­ing. In his an­nounce­ment at the col­lege Thurs­day morn­ing, Ri­naldi stressed the im­por­tance of this fund­ing and what this could mean for the col­lege.

“I think the fund­ing will help Loy­al­ist be able to buy equip­ment that will bring them to today’s stan­dards. I think when stu­dents grad­u­ate from th­ese cour­ses, they will be able to join the work­force with knowl­edge that’s needed for today’s world,” said Ri­naldi.

Loy­al­ist Pres­i­dent Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan said the col­lege’s cur­rent plans for the money in­clude im­prov­ing the health wing to sim­u­late the best en­vi­ron­ment of health care for their stu­dents’ ap­plied re­search and buying new equip­ment to im­prove the teach­ing and learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

“When the gov­ern­ment in­vests in key op­por­tu­ni­ties like this for Loy­al­ist, it means that our stu­dents will be trained in the best equip­ment — which gives a pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tion to the re­gion, be­cause col­leges, just by their na­ture, are so con­nected to the com­mu­nity. We di­rectly im­pact the lo­cal com­mu­nity with our grad­u­ates and can re­ally make a pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence to the devel­op­ment of our com­mu­ni­ties,” said Vaughan.

Belleville Mayor Taso Christo­pher, who was also in at­ten­dance, echoed this sen­ti­ment and cred­its the col­lege’s over­whelm­ing suc­cess of grad­u­ates.

“I think the prov­ince of On­tario is start­ing to rec­og­nize Loy­al­ist’s suc­cess and, in re­turn, they want to make some re­sources avail­able to the col­lege,” said Christo­pher.

Christo­pher said he thinks this con­tri­bu­tion from the prov­ince will have a big im­pact on the city of Belleville.

“This goes to show that they are look­ing at the Belleville area and they are mea­sur­ing the suc­cess lev­els by all the in­fra­struc­ture that’s be­ing in­vested and this is no dif­fer­ent. Loy­al­ist Col­lege is in­vest­ing in aca­demic in­fra­struc­ture and the good news is that the prov­ince is lis­ten­ing.”

Dur­ing the an­nounce­ment at the col­lege’s Link Lounge, there were sev­eral col­lege of­fi­cials in at­ten­dance, in­clud­ing Kath­leen Bazkur, Dean for the School of Me­dia, Arts + De­sign and Con­tin­u­ing Ed­u­ca­tion.

Bazkur said she ex­pects the fund­ing to en­hance the learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment of stu­dents and, in re­turn, pro­duce more illustrious grad­u­ates in the fu­ture.

“I’m a big be­liever in os­mo­sis and I think stu­dents, given the right en­vi­ron­ment and the right ac­cess to tech­nol­ogy — they can do won­der­ful things,” said Bazkur.

BEA SERDON/SPE­CIAL TO THE INTELLIGENCER

Northum­ber­land-Quinte West MPP Lou Ri­naldi speaks in front of fac­ulty mem­bers and col­lege of­fi­cials of Loy­al­ist Col­lege on Thurs­day. Ri­naldi an­nounced at the col­lege the prov­ince's $1.4 mil­lion in­vest­ment to Loy­al­ist as On­tario marks the 50th an­niver­sary of the prov­ince's col­lege sys­tem.

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