Bell e-Learning Centre officially opens - connecting rural Albertans to e-learning opportunities through the SuperNet

    OLDS, AB, Oct. 9 /CNW/ - The official opening of the Bell e-Learning
Centre took place today at the Community Learning Campus (CLC) on the grounds
of Olds College. The Bell e-Learning Centre provides a wide range of
innovative e-learning opportunities and resources to students, businesses and
communities in rural Alberta through the SuperNet.
    "The Bell e-Learning Centre reinforces our commitment to bring new
technologies to rural communities in Alberta and to our partnership with the
Government of Alberta in building and leveraging the SuperNet," said Allan
MacDonald, Vice President of Bell Western Business Operations. "This facility
demonstrates our commitment to growth in Western Canada and increasing
connectivity to support local needs - in this case bridging the urban-rural
digital divide."
    Through a combination of distance and on site program, the Bell
e-Learning Centre is the hub for e-learning and the connected community. It
provides new connectivity and e-learning opportunities to students, community
members and businesses, including improved rural access to broadband
technologies such as video conferencing, webcasts, technology courses, video
editing and new business applications through the SuperNet.
    "Olds College has a clear vision and strategy to expand learning
opportunities and enhance rural community capacity, and we see Bell as the
best technology partner to accomplish this goal," said Dr. H.J. (Tom)
Thompson, President and CEO of Olds College and Chair of the CLC. "The Bell
e-Learning Centre is about realizing the potential of creating a shared space
that brings people together and provides learning opportunities for everyone."
    The Honourable, Doug Horner, Minister of Advanced Education and
Technology praised the collaborative work being done at the Bell e-Learning
Centre. "The Bell e-Learning Centre is a great example of how our government's
Campus Alberta concept, and innovative partnerships, ensure quality education
is accessible for learners everywhere in Alberta," said Horner. "This is how
Alberta is moving quickly into the knowledge-based economy young Albertans
want to participate in."
    Students from Olds Junior Senior High School began taking computer and
media arts classes at the Bell e-Learning Centre in May. For teachers and
students alike, the Centre provides the highest level of technology
applications in a magnificent facility. "It is the best atmosphere that I have
ever been in," said Jim Gibbons, Chinook's Edge Superintendent and CLC
Vice-Chair. "The real strength is the ability to move from a formal classroom
setting to an informal gathering space to collaborate on projects as a group.
The Bell e-Learning Centre is delivering exactly what we envisioned when we
began the planning the Community Learning Campus."

    About Bell

    Bell is Canada's largest communications company providing consumers with
solutions to all their communications needs, including telephone services,
wireless communications, high-speed Internet, digital television and voice
over IP. Bell also offers integrated information and communications technology
(ICT) services to businesses and governments, and is the Virtual Chief
Information Officer (VCIO) to small and medium businesses (SMBs). Bell is
proud to be a Premier National Partner and the exclusive Telecommunications
Partner to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Bell is
wholly owned by BCE Inc. For information on Bell's products and services,
please visit For corporate information on BCE, please visit

    About Olds College

    Founded in 1913, Olds College's vision is to be the premier Canadian
integrated learning and applied research community specializing in
agriculture, horticulture, land and environmental management. Located 45
minutes north of Calgary, Olds College prepares students to contribute
provincially, nationally and internationally through careers in agriculture,
horticulture, environmental land management, agribusiness and rural
entrepreneurship. Olds College provides certificate, diploma, and applied
degree programs, and participates with other institutions in offering
post-diploma degrees. Olds College is further dedicated to nurturing
innovation, learning, applied research and commercialization for agribusiness
through the School of Innovation.

    About Chinook's Edge School Division

    Chinook's Edge School Division is the largest rural division in the
province, serving approximately 11,000 students in kindergarten to grade 12
through 41 schools in communities throughout Central Alberta. At Chinook's
Edge, our motto is "Where Students Come First". Along with exceptional
academic and athletic programs, our schools nurture character development
through a focus on values, leadership programs, global awareness, respect and

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For further information: For media inquiries, please contact: Allison
Johnson, Media Relations, Bell, (604) 678-7514,; Kerry
Moynihan, Event Manager, Olds College, (403) 507-7717, Cell (403) 613-2733,; Sandy Bexon, Communications Officer, Chinook's Edge
School Division, (403) 227-7085,

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