Sheridan to build major new campus in Mississauga; Federal and provincial governments provide $31.23 million in new funds



    
    Campus will focus on business education and programs to get new Canadians
    into the workforce faster
    

    BRAMPTON, ON, May 25 /CNW/ - Sheridan Institute of Technology and
Advanced Learning's top-priority capital project has received significant
funding from the federal and provincial governments. Together both levels of
government are providing a combined $31.23 million in new infrastructure
dollars toward building a college campus in Mississauga. The creation of
Sheridan's third major campus will mean that Mississauga, Canada's
sixth-largest city, will finally have a college.
    "Thanks to the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario,
Sheridan is going to be able to fill a big need for students and businesses in
Mississauga," said Dr. Robert Turner, President and CEO, Sheridan Institute.
"The Mississauga area is home to over 55 corporate head offices in finance,
insurance, real estate, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and logistics. Everyone
has told Sheridan a college presence is essential to fulfilling their
workforce needs. Thanks to this new funding, we're going to be able to pay big
dividends to the Mississauga community."
    "This investment in Sheridan will provide a significant short-term
economic stimulus to Mississauga and will create jobs right here in Peel,"
said Bob Dechert, M.P. for Mississauga-Erindale. "Our government is investing
in innovation to create jobs, to help our economy recover quickly and to
improve the quality of life for Canadians."
    "This is great news for Mississauga and the entire region," said Amrit
Mangat, M.P.P. for Mississauga-Brampton South. "By investing in Sheridan
today, the Ontario government is supporting new construction and renovation
projects which will create construction jobs in the short-term and provide
more opportunities for our students to develop the skills they need for the
jobs of the future."
    Sheridan's Mississauga campus will be a state-of-the-art, post-secondary
institution with two main concentrations: business education and programs to
accelerate the movement of new Canadians into the workforce.
    "From in-demand business programs, to academic upgrading and worker
retraining, the Sheridan Mississauga campus has been designed to meet the
specific needs of the Mississauga and Peel communities," added Turner. This
first phase of Sheridan's Mississauga campus will also serve as anchor and
catalyst for the City of Mississauga's bold new strategic vision that would
see its downtown core transformed and revitalized."
    In particular, the Sheridan Mississauga campus will help solve the
Greater Toronto Area's skills shortage and provide a range of services and
programming that will help foreign-trained professionals find good jobs.
    This has been a particularly challenging problem for Ontario and
specifically for the Greater Toronto Area. The large and diverse community of
foreign-trained professionals who need additional training in order to work in
their chosen fields will be among the first to benefit. Working in close
partnership with industry, Sheridan's Mississauga campus will be the
springboard to deliver flexible, customized skills training and bridge
programs to allow new Canadians to be more fully integrated in the economy.

    About Sheridan

    The Sheridan Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning serves 15,000
full-time and 35,000 continuing education students at its campuses in Oakville
and Brampton, Ontario. Sheridan offers an innovative learning environment
celebrated for academic excellence, applied research and creativity. Program
options range from one-year certificates to four-year Bachelor's degrees, in
the arts, business, community service and technology fields. We prepare
students for career success; close to ninety percent of graduates are employed
within six months of graduation. Visit www.sheridaninstitute.ca to learn more.




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