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St. Lawrence College Board of Governors approve a balanced budget for 2011-12


Enrollment growth, new program offerings, and continued investments from the provincial government have put St. Lawrence College in a strong position for 2011-12. The Board of Governors has approved a balanced budget for next year.

Enrollment at St. Lawrence College, with campuses in Brockville, Cornwall, and Kingston, has increased by 12 per cent over the last three years, and 42 per cent in the last decade. Many factors have contributed towards this strong position and favourable outlook for the future, according to Chris Whitaker, President and CEO of St. Lawrence College.

"We’re committed to offering programs that are responsive to student and market needs, and our graduates are highly sought after, " Whitaker said. "St. Lawrence continues to lead the provincial college system in graduate employment rates, with 89.9 per cent of our graduates finding employment within six months of graduating."

St. Lawrence College launched 12 new programs in the last three years, including a focus on programs in renewable energy: Wind Turbine Technician; Energy Systems Engineering Technology and Technician; and Geothermal Technician. With continued growth in this sector, the college anticipates increased demand for its graduates. The collaborative degree with Laurentian University in Bachelor of Science in Nursing continues to generate very strong enrollment numbers at each campus.

The college also expects an increase in international students, according to Whitaker. "The college has been investing in this area for several years, providing benefits to students from abroad, but also contributing to the diversity of the college, our communities and the experience of all students."

Looking ahead to 2011-12, the balanced budget includes investments that will continue to create a healthy and vibrant college, Whitaker explained further. "These include investments in student engagement, academic centres of excellence, corporate learning, as well as continued investment in our Cornwall campus, which is undergoing a $13.5 million revitalization project. This revitalization will make a tremendous impact on the education we will offer to our future students."

Corporate learning and training programs strive to meet the needs of local industry and organizations through offerings such as: Leadership for Managers certificate; Solar Installation Technician; Power Engineering Technician; and Chemical Engineering Technician certificates. "These highly specialized programs demonstrate the critical role of the college in helping employers maintain the skilled workforce required to compete and succeed in the future." Whitaker said.

The college will also continue to invest in its people as a high priority. In addition to hiring new staff in several areas, plans are in place to enhance professional development and establish programming for leadership and management development.

"We are pleased that our Board of Governors has approved our operating budget and business plan for 2011-12. Within the plan and budget we are making important investments in our people and the college. We believe this will continue to make the college a great place to learn for future students and an important asset for our communities."

About St. Lawrence College
Located along the shores of the St. Lawrence River, SLC has three campuses in Brockville, Cornwall and Kingston. St. Lawrence College boasts 6,500 full-time students from Canada, and more than 40 countries worldwide. Our college community includes 20,000 part-time students, 1,000 staff, and more than 70,000 alumni. We also serve more than 3,000 Employment Services clients annually. The college has recently invested in the development of Applied Research with many exciting projects in progress. In addition revitalization of our campuses is underway to support new and innovate new programs including; Wind Turbine Technician, Game Development Technician, and Fine Arts, among others.


Laura Tulchinsky
St. Lawrence College, Communications
613-544-5400, ext. 1291