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Friday, 27 May 2011 09:52

Great Plains College unveils $13.5 million expansion and renovation

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Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall and Cypress Hills-Grasslands Member of Parliament David Anderson were among the guests of honour as Great Plains College today celebrated the official unveiling of a $13.5 million renovation and expansion project at its Swift Current campus. Premier Wall and MP Anderson were both on hand to offer their congratulations on the timely completion of the project and its anticipated impact on training and education opportunities for residents of Saskatchewan's southwest region.


 
“Our government recognizes the value of investing in Saskatchewan’s post-secondary education and we want to maintain Saskatchewan’s strong and steady economy through infrastructure investments,” Premier Brad Wall said. “Thanks to this project, student will be able to learn and engage in a modern facility.”
 
The project officially got off the ground in November 2009. The most striking change over the past 18 months was the construction of two new multipurpose shops – currently earmarked for the welding, electrician, and wind turbine maintenance technician programs. Space has also been made available for energy sector and safety training including Saskatchewan's only indoor fall arrest training facility. A new front entrance, student registration, and reception area was also built, along with a student lounge, study space, new classrooms and expanded office space.
 
All improvements were made possible via funding from the Government of Saskatchewan and the federal government’s Knowledge Infrastructure Project fund. GPC partners have also stepped up including a new language lab put in place with funds provided by the Rotary Club of Swift Current.
 
“Our government has invested in innovation and infrastructure to improve the quality of life for Canadians and set the foundation for economic prosperity,” said MP David Anderson. “This investment created jobs for people at a critical period while improving the infrastructure that Great Plains College will need for years to come.”
 
“This is an exciting day in the history of Great Plains College,” said GPC president and CEO David Francis. “We’re extremely grateful for the governments’ assistance as we now not only have a new look, but new opportunities as well to provide a first-rate education to our students and communities.”
 


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