New George Brown College waterfront campus to address Ontario's skilled labour shortages



    College's third main Toronto campus will support growth of up to
    4,000 new students per year, energize new lakefront development

    TORONTO, July 8 /CNW/ - George Brown College has received funding from
the Provincial Government to proceed with a new state-of-the art campus in the
heart of Waterfront Toronto's new East Bayfront development. The new facility
will help address skills shortages in a variety of industries and provide new
opportunities for Ontarians looking for essential training and re-training.
    The addition of a waterfront campus to its existing St. James and Casa
Loma campuses will increase George Brown's overall footprint in the city by 40
per cent and support growth of up to 4,000 new students per year. This growth
will also help address the forecast shortage of more than 40,000
post-secondary education spaces in the GTA over the next two decades.
    Expected to be completed by the Fall of 2011, the new George Brown site
will sit lakeside on two blocks of land just south of its St. James campus, on
Queen's Quay between Lower Sherbourne and Lower Jarvis Streets. The
two-building campus will face a park at the foot of Sherbourne Street to the
East -- currently slated for completion in 2010 -- and the new Corus
Entertainment building near Jarvis Street to the West. To accommodate the new
development and activity in the area, the city plans to increase public
transportation access east on Queen's Quay, a project set to coincide with the
new campus' completion date in 2011.
    The Provincial Government has agreed to provide $61.5 million of the
funding required to fund the project and George Brown College has committed
$15 million, with balance of construction costs to be supported by a
fundraising campaign.
    "George Brown College will bring the rejuvenated Toronto waterfront alive
with a showpiece of postsecondary excellence and student energy," said Anne
Sado, President of George Brown College. "This new campus is fundamental to
helping us better support the career aspirations of students across the GTA
and meet employers' growing demand for workplace-ready graduates."
    Once built, the new campus will be a unifying new home for George Brown's
Centre for Health Sciences, bringing together its many programs currently
spread across existing campuses. As a leader in Interprofessional Education,
this new expansion is clearly aligned with HealthForce Ontario's Blueprint for
Action on Interprofessional Care. It will also enable the college to train
more Health Science workers in response to critical skills shortages. Already
among the province's largest nursing schools, this expansion will allow George
Brown to accommodate an additional 1,300 new nursing students by 2015, helping
meet the government's commitment to hire 9,000 nurses and create nurse led
clinics.
    And while the new campus will focus on Health Sciences programs, it will
also free up significant space on existing campuses for much-needed growth in
other programs experiencing space shortages. George Brown's Centre for
Construction and Engineering Technology for example, will now be in a position
to expand its apprenticeship programs in areas such as carpentry, HVAC and
industrial electrician. George Brown is also a leader in Construction
Management Training, which will also be expanding based on industry demands.
    The new campus will also feature the college's first student residence -
providing housing for up to 500 students - a recreation and fitness centre and
underground parking. These $100M facilities are not included in the government
funding, but will be self-sustaining.
    The entire development will be Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Design (LEED) Gold certified, an internationally accepted benchmark for the
design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. This
certification will enable the college to realize reductions of up to 30 per
cent in energy consumption, 40 per cent in water usage and up to 90 per cent
in waste diversion.
    Today's announcement is the latest in a series of growth moves at George
Brown College that will see several of its programs move to larger locations
that give them the opportunity to take in more students. Most notably, the
College's renowned Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts is in the midst of
an expansive 18,000 sq. ft. addition to the front of its facility on
300 Adelaide St. E., the addition of a new storefront restaurant and training
facility at 215 King. St. E. and the redesign and reequipping of
20,000 sq. ft. of existing facilities.
    Renovation of a new space in a low-rise building at 230 Richmond St. E.,
is scheduled to open this September, set to house the College's Centre for
Business, Arts and Design programs, its Institute Without Boundaries and a new
Institute for Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation.

    ABOUT GEORGE BROWN COLLEGE

    With nine out of 10 graduates getting jobs within six months of
graduation, Toronto's George Brown College has established a reputation for
equipping students with the skills, industry experience and credentials to
pursue the careers of their choice. From its three main campuses located
across the downtown core, George Brown offers more than 150 programs across a
wide variety of professions. Students can earn diplomas, post-graduate
certificates, industry accreditations, apprenticeships and four-year bachelor
degrees. More than 20,000 students attend the College (full-time equivalent)
with about 60,000 registered with the George Brown College School of
Continuing Education. For more information, please visit www.georgebrown.ca.





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