Lakehead brings university education closer to more students

    ORILLIA, ON, June 8 /CNW/ - More Ontario students than ever will be able
to study closer to home as Lakehead University breaks ground on its permanent
location in Orillia on June 11.
    The $45-million construction project includes the first three buildings
on the new campus at the western limits of the City of Orillia. By September,
2010, Lakehead Orillia will boast an 80,000-square-foot academic building,
able to accommodate up to 1,200 students in addition to the original campus
location in the city's downtown core, which has a capacity of 500 students.
    Orillia Dean Dr. Kim Fedderson is excited by the opportunity to provide a
viable option for a greater number of central Ontario and Greater Toronto Area
students to attend a highly credited university closer to home.
    "Lakehead Orillia will be able to help meet the demand for post secondary
education in Simcoe County and the Greater Toronto Area and it provides the
City of Orillia and Simcoe County with a resource that will have long-term
economic and social impacts," says Fedderson.
    Current enrolment numbers show that close to 30 per cent of students who
attend Lakehead University Orillia Campus come from outside Simcoe County.
Numbers for the 2009/2010 school year indicate that 79 per cent of applicants
are from outside the Orillia area, with 31 per cent coming from Toronto and
the GTA, and 25 per cent coming from southern and south western Ontario.
    With the expansion of Lakehead University in Orillia comes the
opportunity to provide more degree programs in a state-of-the-art,
environmentally sustainable facility, says Dr. Fred Gilbert, Lakehead
University president.
    "Lakehead University Orillia Campus will be built to the Leadership in
Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum standard, meaning it will be a
model for sustainability, and the first North American university campus
entirely developed to such demanding environmental expectations," notes
    "Lakehead University will be a continental leader in energy conservation,
ecological awareness, and social consciousness. Environmental academic
programs will find a natural home at the new campus."
    Drs. Gilbert and Fedderson will be available for media interviews at the
groundbreaking ceremony on Line 15, near the intersection of Old Barrie Road
in Orillia, on Thursday, June 11 at 11 a.m.

    About Lakehead

    Lakehead is a comprehensive university with a reputation for innovative
programs and cutting-edge research. With a campus in Thunder Bay, and a campus
in Orillia, Lakehead has over 7,900 students and 2,250 faculty and staff.
Lakehead University-Orillia Campus will open up its permanent campus in
September 2010. It will be the only campus in North America where every
building will be built to the highest environmental (Leed(R) Platinum)

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