Media Invitation - Centennial College tops off new library and academic
facility at Progress Campus

TORONTO, May 31 /CNW/ - Centennial College is marking the topping off of its bold library and academic facility under construction at Progress Campus with a special ceremony on Tuesday, June 1 at 1:30 pm.

The college is moving quickly on its visionary plan to construct a new library and classrooms, which will add much-needed academic space for a student population that has expanded by 24 per cent over the past year. Centennial cites booming enrolments in the province's Second Career program and international student registrations for its unprecedented growth.

The project received federal and provincial funding totalling $35 million through the Knowledge Infrastructure Program and Ontario's 2009 Budget. Centennial is contributing $5.8 million towards the overall construction budget of $46 million.

The project is on budget and on time, and scheduled to open next spring. The 104,000-square-foot building will include a full-service library -- replacing a smaller, older facility -- as well as 22 additional classrooms, lab space and a large lecture theatre.

Centennial is inviting local dignitaries to take part in the topping-off ceremony, which will be led by Aboriginal Elder Andrew Wesley, who will be honouring the four directions. Guests will sign a special I-beam before it is raised in position as part of the four-storey building.

    Date:        Tuesday, June 1
    Time:        1:30 to 2:30 pm
    Location:    Centennial College Student Centre at Progress Campus
                 941 Progress Ave. (east of Markham Rd.), Scarborough

SOURCE Centennial College

For further information: For further information: Media contact: Mark Toljagic, Communications Officer, (416) 289-5000, ext. 7142, cell (416) 605-6012,

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