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article imageOntario: Humber College gets $64 million grant to expand campus Special

By Samantha Emann     Jul 6, 2011 in Politics
Toronto - The Ontario government announced this morning that it will be granting 64.1 million dollars to Humber College for its new student learning commons expansion.
The announcement was made at Humber College's North Campus by Etobicoke North MPP Dr. Shafiq Qaadri.
This was the last stop in a series of announcements for an Ontario government initiative called Putting Students First.
During the announcement Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities John Milloy said:
"In our most recent budget we made room for an additional 60,000 students in our colleges over the next five years...we need space for these students, although we often talk about what goes on in the classroom sometimes we need to talk about the classroom itself. In the short term we have to make room for these 60,000 students."
The 160,000 sq. ft. expansion will allow Humber college to send out 2200 more acceptance letters. The new expansion will include more computer labs and more student study space and common areas as well as student services.
Humber College President John Davies, during the announcement, said:
" I am delighted by the approach this government has taken to education this government has taken over the last two terms."
President Davies went on to say that Humber College has,"the highest applicant demand in the province and the largest year over year increases in student enrollment."
Humber College, according to Davies, has surpassed 60,000 new applicants every year.
"Humber Students have consistently told us they need more space for individual and group study and more access to open computer labs...the funding will be put towards a new learning resources commons and student services building."
The new expansion also includes a bus loop that will bring public transit right to the main entrance of the college.
Humber is not the only one benefiting from this initiative. According to Minister Milloy other colleges and universities like Seneca, Sheridan, Ryerson, York and other post secondary institutions across Ontario are also part of it.
The expansion also brings 900 jobs for Ontarians.
Humber Student Federation president, Bryan Tran, said at the event:
"The addition of this new learning resource commons will alleviate many student concerns regarding study space on campus. Students often worry about where they can go to do their assigned homework and if there will be a computer available for them to use."
Tran quoted a recent survey that said 14% of Humber and Guelph-Humber students completely rely on Humber computers to do their schoolwork.
Davies says this project has been in the works for about two years.
"The expansion will cost a total of 91 million dollars...and we are hoping to have the building done in about two years."
Humber also has a new student commons building containing classrooms, cafeteria and study space being built at their Lakeshore campus which is scheduled to be completed this coming September, according to President Davies.
Qaadri said that the new expansion will help Humber College give back even more to the community, along with putting a greater emphasis on the student experience at Humber.
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