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College opens $2.5M link (updated)

Friday, April 04, 2014   by: SooToday.com Staff

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SAULT COLLEGE, MPP DAVID ORAZIETTI

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Plaque commending contributions of college president unveiled at event

The hub connecting two new buildings on campus is complete after the latest phase of impressive infrastructure enhancement to the Sault College campus.

Staff, students, alumni, community members and College stakeholders gathered today to celebrate the grand opening of the “Common Link,” named by the students after Sault College President Dr. Ron Common in recognition of his tireless transformation of an aging campus to an inspiring place of learning with various state-of-the-art centres of excellence.

“Dr. Common’s student-centred approach has been welcomed by all those guided by his leadership over the past several years,” notes Jordan Borneman, Sault College Students’ Union President while presenting Dr. Common with a commemorative plaque to honour his contributions. “Thank you, as well, to all of the donors who have supported Sault College and to my fellow students for giving as you have. Your contributions are making a difference in our lives – both now and into the future.”

The Government of Ontario and the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund – Ministry of Northern Development and Mines, provided generous funding for the $2.5 million link project.

As well, Tenaris contributed to the project through their donation of the tubes for the new space.

The new link connects the new Student Health and Wellness Centre to the college’s current link, creating one seamlessly integrated flow throughout the entire campus.

The architecture follows closely with the look and feel established with the other impressive new buildings on campus.

“Today marks the substantial completion of an unprecedented four-year campus rebuild and transformation and I would like to thank the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund - Ministry of Northern Development and Mines and the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities for their support,” says Dr. Ron Common, President of Sault College. “I’m so honoured to have been involved in the efforts to provide new facilities for our students and our community to enjoy.” 

Dr. Common has had a lasting impact on the college over the past seven years, as he has transformed the campus into a sought-after place of post-secondary learning with impressive enrolment growth. 

He has also helped it become more invitational to all learners, concentrating on access and a student-centred approach for higher learning and career success.

The Link will also be open to over five hundred visitors to campus on Saturday, April 5th during Sault College’s Discover Sault Open House event, the largest student recruitment event of the year. 

Two hundred applicants and their families will travel to Sault Ste. Marie as they consider their choice of college for post-secondary study.

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Provincial Funding Provides Important New Infrastructure for College Students

Today, David Orazietti, MPP was joined by Dr. Ron Common, President of Sault College, for the ribbon cutting of the $2.5 million Health Hub Link which will connect the Health and Wellness Centre to the main Sault College campus.

“Provincial support for infrastructure improvements at Sault College have revitalized the campus and provided students with a new state-of-the-art facility to support higher learning,” said Orazietti. “Our government’s investment in post-secondary education reinforces our commitment to further developing innovative programs and initiatives as well as attracting more students to the school and community.”

The province provided $1.8 million for the $2.5 million Health Hub Link, with $800,000 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) and $1 million from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities announced in January 2013. 

In addition, the province provided $5 million for the $13.2 million state-of-the-art Health and Wellness Centre. 

The College’s Health and Wellness Centre is providing new lab and academic space for programs such as chronic disease management and gerontology. 

A new Student Life Centre also provides meeting and study space for students.

The construction of the Health and Wellness Centre and the new enclosed link created approximately 100 local jobs.

In April 2013, the Sault College Board of Governors announced the planned link connecting the College’s Essar Hall with the new, soon-to-open Health and Wellness Centre would be named “The Common Link” in honour of Dr. Ron Common.

“Today marks the substantial completion of an unprecedented four-year campus rebuild and transformation and I would like to thank the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund - Ministry of Northern Development and Mines and the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities for their support,” says Dr. Ron Common, President of Sault College. “I’m so honoured to have been involved in the efforts to provide new facilities for our students and our community to enjoy.” 

Key Provincial initiatives supporting Sault College since 2003 include:

  • 27% increase in operating funding since 2003
  • $9.5 million Academic Building at Sault College
  • $7.1 million Facility Renewal, Improvements and Modernization
  • $5.0 million Health and Wellness Centre
  • $1.9 million Apprenticeship Programs
  • $1.8 million Student All Weather Link Connecting Campus ($1 million MTCU, $800,000 NOHFC)
  • $1.6 million Additional Instructors and Increased Student Resources
  • $1.0 million New IT Infrastructure
  • $750,000 Multi-Media Centre
  • $603,673 Pre-apprenticeship Training and Increased Apprenticeship training, Creating 30 New Positions
  • $519,350 for Aviation Program Equipment Upgrades
  • $495,040 Nursing Simulation Equipment
  • $327,332 Endowment Fund - Ontario Trust Program
  • $320,000 Wind Energy Training Centre
  • $309,984 Services for Students with Disabilities
  • $295,000 Automated Water Treatment Project
  • Nurse Practitioner Clinic and Algoma Public Health Building on Campus

To learn more, find out about NOHFC and its programs.

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Pictured: Jordan Borneman, president of the Sault College Students’ Union, unveils “The Common Link” plaque to Dr. Ron Common.

Photo courtesy Sault College

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mosquitos 4/4/2014 12:37:20 PM Report

Pretty good David O. Let's train everyone real good for no jobs available. Good formula!
ducky58 4/4/2014 1:00:51 PM Report

Now if we could just get him to help with the problem of people on transplant list get funding when they have to relocate.
Brietsy 4/4/2014 1:09:51 PM Report

uh... isn't this thing to train doctors and nurses? We're still going to need those, pretty much always.
Jebster 4/4/2014 3:11:49 PM Report

As a current student at Sault College (not in a nursing program), I love the Common Link. The College has undergone a tremendous makeover and I think it will entice a lot more students from the Sault to stay here, as well as bring in more out of town students.
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