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Baker district concept

Baker district concept

This concept drawing from a City of Guelph council agenda shows what the Baker Street development might look like with a Conestoga College campus.

Conestoga moves closer to Baker Street proposal

Conestoga College is one step closer to submitting a proposal to the province for a new campus in a Baker Street redevelopment downtown.

The college’s plan was among 27 notices of intent received by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities from post-secondary institutions planning to submit proposals for major capacity expansion.

The letter of intent is not a complete proposal, but offers some specifications for the plan, including a list of some of the proposed programs that might be offered on the site. Among them are:

• Health Sciences – Personal Support Worker and Early Childhood Education

• Digital Media – mix of credentials and continuing education

• Business – mix of credentials (certificate to undergraduate degree), connecting through multi-site technology

• Career preparation, language training and community-based continuing education courses/programs.

It also suggests a partnership with the University of Guelph.

“Conestoga will off its own programs and will partner with University of Guelph to provide a broader range of programs to students in Guelph through defined pathways,” the letter says.

It also mentions an emerging partnership with the Guelph Public Library, Innovation Guelph and the YMCA of Guelph, and claims to have support from the university, the County of Wellington and the City of Guelph.

The project in the Baker district would include:

• 80,000 square feet of new post-secondary educational space in a mixed-use redevelopment in downtown Guelph

• 1,000 students with the potential to grow to 1,500 in a growing urban environment.

“The Baker District proposal is an opportunity to address a long-standing deficiency in local college and training access in the Guelph and Wellington corner of the regional triangle,” the letter says.

It is not the only notice of intent with local connections that was submitted.

The University of Guelph – Humber was also among the proponents to submit a notice to the province. It is proposing expanding its existing campus to accommodate an additional 5,600 students.

The letter is signed by outgoing U of G president Alastair Summerlee, who is also involved in a potential proposal to establish a new university in Brampton.

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