New Langara College buildings officially open Friday, November 20, 2009

VANCOUVER, Nov. 20 /CNW/ - Langara College celebrated the Official Opening of the Students' Union Building (SUB) and 'C' Building with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tours of the new facilities, Friday, November 20.

The event opened with a performance by a group of Langara's Studio 58 students and an aboriginal prayer by Musqueam Elder, Larry Grant. Langara College Board Chair David Chiang and President David Ross welcomed several guests, including Minister of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development, Dr. Moira Stilwell, and Abbotsford Member of Parliament, Ed Fast.

"The partnership between the federal and provincial governments is providing opportunities for employment while at the same time securing the future of our post-secondary system,".. said Fast. "As a former Langara student, I am delighted that our initiative to renew colleges and universities is benefitting my alma mater and helping stimulate local economies across B.C."

"Langara is an important part of our community," said Stilwell. "These campus improvements will ensure Langara students continue to have a quality learning environment as they develop the knowledge and skills they'll need to pursue rewarding careers in the future."

The buildings reflect the College's sustainability initiatives. Built to LEED Gold standards, the state-of-the-art buildings boast energy saving features such as an innovative geo-exchange heating and cooling system to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, the newly renovated 'C' Building received a seismic upgrade and new high performance cladding and windows systems.

"We appreciate the government investment provided as part of the joint Knowledge Infrastructure Program for Langara College," said Ross. "The construction and renovation of these buildings mark the next phase in the ongoing transformation of Langara College to improve campus facilities to better serve our community."

"During a time when we are experiencing record student enrolment, the government infrastructure program has brought expanded capacity to our campus," said Chiang. "We appreciate the support from all levels of government and are pleased to recognize their contributions which have provided for much needed infrastructure renewal."

The 'C' Building provides Langara students with new classrooms, study areas, meeting rooms, and also houses student Help Centres, the campus bookstore, the Education Technology Centre, offices and meeting rooms.

The SUB features the new Dave Pearson Native Student Centre, a learning and gathering place for Aboriginal culture and history, a Women's Centre, restaurant, café and expanded lounge and study space.

Langara College, located in beautiful Vancouver, BC, Canada, provides University Transfer, Career, and Continuing Studies programs and courses to more than 19,000 students annually. The College's expansive academic breadth and depth allows students to choose their own educational path. The College offers three bachelor's degrees as well as a comprehensive variety of diplomas, certificates, and citations.

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SOURCE Langara College

For further information: For further information: Media contact: Ian Humphreys, Director, Communications & Marketing Services, Langara College, (604) 323-5631, news@langara.bc.ca

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