St. Clair College will receive nearly $2.5 million from the province to make much-needed repairs and upgrades to its aging facilities.
Chatham-Kent–Leamington MPP Rick Nicholls announced the funding at the Chatham campus, where roughly 1,500 of the college’s 13,000 students are enrolled.
“There’s a need to upgrade our educational facilities,” Nicholls said. “Many of them are in dire need of retrofits or, in some cases, even new additions. The government has recognized that. As a result of that, we are providing funding to keep our students at top-quality colleges and universities.”
The college does not yet have a breakdown on how the money will be divided between its main campus in Windsor and its satellite campuses in Chatham and Toronto.
“We very much appreciate the ministry’s recognition that we need high-quality facilities to deliver high-quality education,” college president Patti France said in a statement. “Given that the college-wide college system was founded in the late-1960s, many of our primary buildings are now over 50 years old. As anyone who has owned a half-century-old home knows, the maintenance list is a long and ongoing one.”