Portage College has big plans now that the Alberta government has given them 1.1 million dollars to expand their Cold Lake campus.
The funding was announced at a conference at the campus Monday by Minister of Advanced Education Marlin Schmidt. The funding is aimed at building more classrooms and study spaces on the campus, which will also mean more programming offered. The Pharmacy Technologist, Trades and Continuing Education programs are in particularly high demand.
“Students deserve modern and efficient study spaces,” said Schmidt. “The opportunity to access the best education facilities is vital to the long-term success of Alberta’s students and our province. Portage College is taking the necessary steps to plan for the future and ensure students continue to have access to modern learning spaces and resources for years to come.”
“Portage College appreciates the Government of Alberta’s support in the partnership with the City of Cold Lake and the college to accommodate the growth of future students,” said President Dr. Trent Keough in a statement.
The college says they might possibly double the Cold Lake campus in size to roughly 5,400 square metres, which could in turn create nearly 200 construction jobs while project is underway.
The Portage College expansion is one of 13 major post-secondary projects the Alberta government has plans for over the next four years.