Seneca President encouraged by federal budget announcement on investment in post-secondary education

    Dr. Rick Miner says proposed budget recognizes need for further funding
    for colleges

    TORONTO, March 20 /CNW/ - Dr. Rick Miner, President of Seneca College,
welcomes the measures announced in yesterday's federal budget that provide
continued investment in post-secondary education, technology support and
helping immigrants succeed.
    "It's encouraging to see the federal government recognizing a number of
initiatives that support our colleges and students," says Dr. Rick Miner. "I
am pleased that this federal budget recognizes the positive impact and
contribution that colleges make on Canada's prosperity."
    Yesterday's federal budget announcement outlined an increase in funding
to strengthen Canada's universities and colleges by supporting the quality of
teaching and learning, increased access for under-represented groups,
increased institutional capacity and improved flexibility in the system. It
also included increased support for technology required for collaborations
between colleges and private firms, and programs to assist immigrant
professionals finding employment.
    "This budget reinforces Seneca's efforts to address issues relating to
educational quality, and access initiatives," says Dr. Miner. "Funding could
also assist in the expansion of our existing applied research collaborations
with business, as well as initiatives concerning the re-employment of
immigrant professionals."
    Dr. Miner also welcomes a number of other budget measures for
post-secondary students, including:
    -  modernizing student financial assistance programs
    -  improved access to RESP assistance for part-time post-secondary

    Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology is the largest college in
Canada with more than 100,000 full and part-time students on campuses across
the Greater Toronto Area. Seneca provides internationally and nationally
recognized career education and training key to graduate success in the global
economy. Every Seneca diploma, certificate and applied degree program is
developed to a high academic standard, in consultation with industry,
integrated with information technology, combined with technical and
transferable skills, and reinforced by opportunities for ongoing education and

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For further information: Seneca College Media Relations, (416) 491-5050
ext. 2354

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