North­ern Lakes Col­lege breaks ground on new cam­pus

The McLeod River Post - - Family, Farm & Garden -

Stu­dents in the High Prairie re­gion will soon have ac­cess to a new, cen­tral post-secondary fa­cil­ity now that North­ern Lakes Col­lege has bro­ken ground on its new con­sol­i­dated cam­pus.

The new cam­pus will serve ap­prox­i­mately 225 stu­dents in a mod­ern, pur­pose-built learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment. Lo­cated on the site of the old Cen­tral Cam­pus, the new fa­cil­ity will bring to­gether stu­dents cur­rently spread across three sep­a­rate cam­pus lo­ca­tions. “This is an in­vest­ment in the fu­ture of North­ern Lakes Col­lege, the High Prairie com­mu­nity and our prov­ince that has been a long time com­ing. So many stu­dents from across the re­gion come to North­ern Lakes Col­lege to purse a qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion so that they can get a good job and suc­ceed in our prov­ince’s econ­omy, but the re­quests for a new cam­pus were long ig­nored by the pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tion. I’m proud that our gov­ern­ment has taken ac­tion, so more stu­dents can stay close to home to study and work, and cre­ate a vi­brant and dy­namic com­mu­nity.” Mar­lin Sch­midt, Min­is­ter of Ad­vanced Ed­u­ca­tion

The gov­ern­ment has com­mit­ted $21.6 mil­lion to build the new cam­pus, with con­struc­tion set to be­gin in the spring of 2019. The project is ex­pected to cre­ate about 300 con­struc­tion jobs and gen­er­ate nearly $47 mil­lion for the lo­cal econ­omy.

“This is a long-awaited day for High Prairie which, af­ter years of be­ing an af­ter­thought to pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ments, will now finally re­ceive a fa­cil­ity pur­pose­built for this re­gion. Hav­ing taught at North­ern Lakes Col­lege my­self and worked sideby-side with its grad­u­ates, I know how vi­tal this in­sti­tu­tion is for train­ing emer­gency re­spon­ders, front­line work­ers and com­mu­nity lead­ers.” Danielle Larivee, Min­is­ter of Chil­dren’s Ser­vices and Sta­tus of Women, and MLA for Lesser Slave Lake

The new fa­cil­ity will in­clude mod­ern class­room and learn­ing spa­ces, and pro­vide ap­pren­tices with bet­ter ac­cess to in­no­va­tive train­ing spa­ces. Stu­dent re­sources – in­clud­ing ac­cess to health and fi­nan­cial aid ser­vices – will also be cen­tral­ized, cre­at­ing easier ac­cess for stu­dents, ef­fi­cien­cies for the in­sti­tu­tion and a more co­he­sive col­lege com­mu­nity.

“To­day, we cel­e­brate a re­mark­able and mo­men­tous event: A new cam­pus in the com­mu­nity of High Prairie. The de­vel­op­ment of this fa­cil­ity will al­low for fu­ture pro­gram growth to meet re­gional em­ploy­ment de­mands and serve com­mu­nity mem­bers.” Dan Van­der­meulen, board chair, North­ern Lakes Col­lege

North­ern Lakes Col­lege, its stu­dent pop­u­la­tion and staff play an im­por­tant role in the lo­cal econ­omy. A re­cent study showed the school added about $104.7 mil­lion to the lo­cal econ­omy in 2015-16.

“We are de­lighted that the Gov­ern­ment of Al­berta has sup­ported this in­vest­ment for the High Prairie Cam­pus. This new fa­cil­ity will sup­port gen­er­a­tions of learn­ers and en­able North­ern Lakes Col­lege to pro­vide a wider va­ri­ety of pro­grams and ser­vices to the com­mu­nity.”

Ann Ever­att, pres­i­dent and CEO, North­ern Lakes Col­lege

Con­struc­tion of the new cam­pus is ex­pected to be com­plete and the fa­cil­ity open for stu­dents and fac­ulty in fall 2020.

Photo sub­mit­ted to The McLeod River Post

On Thurs­day, Septem­ber 20, the stu­dents and staff at Holy Redeemer were treated to a spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tion from Ciera Knight who climbed Mount Ever­est this past May. Knight is a grad­u­ate from HRH and shared her amaz­ing and har­row­ing story that saw her go to the top of the world. Need­less to say, the HRH school com­mu­nity is very proud of her and can’t wait to hear what she con­quers next.

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