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Prince of Wales Campus
The Prince of Wales Campus redevelopment and expansion project has significantly changed the city scape around the college, revitalizing the east entrance to Charlottetown and creating more green space for students and residents alike.
Phase I: Construction of the Centre for Applied Science and Technology
In total, Holland College received $17 million, $8.5 million from the federal Knowledge Infrastructure Program and $8.5 million from the Province of Prince Edward Island. The funding was used to improve program offerings, research, and collaboration capability in the area of science and technology through the construction of the CAST building.
The centre has a lower level and three floors, in total, 52,400 square feet. Construction was completed in time for the 2011/2012 school year.
Programs in the CAST building include Architectural Technology Bioscience Technology, Construction Technology, Environmental Applied Science Technology, and Wildlife Conservation Technology, Practical Nursing,Paramedicine, and new programs in Heritage Retrofit Carpentry and Energy Systems Engineering Technology. Annually, an additional 280 students now have access to even greater opportunities for advanced skills development.
Knowledge Infrastructure Program
The Knowledge Infrastructure Program is a two-year $2-billion economic stimulus measure to support infrastructure enhancement at post-secondary institutions across Canada.
The program provides funding to support deferred maintenance, repair and expansion projects at Universities and colleges, and responds directly to the need indicated by post-secondary institutions to improve existing campus infrastructure across the country. A major portion of this infrastructure is near the end of its projected lifecycle and, in many cases, does not adequately meet the needs of today's research and teaching activities.
The program has two components. The university component gives preference to projects that can improve the quality of research and development at the institution. The college component supports projects at other post-secondary institutions, such as colleges, publicly funded polytechnic schools and institutes of technology, which will strengthen their ability to deliver advanced knowledge and skills training.
Projects are assessed according to their ability to quickly and effectively generate economic activity and support job creation. Project readiness and economic impact are, therefore, key criteria used in project selection. Projects are also assessed on their ability to enhance research capacity, support the attraction of new students and provide a better educational experience for the highly skilled workers of tomorrow.
The program will not only generate economic benefits and support job creation, but will also have an important positive net impact on the environment by reducing energy use, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving waste management at universities and colleges across Canada.
Phase II: Construction of the Centre for Community Engagement, expansion of Glendenning Hall, and renovation of the Charlottetown Centre, creation of more green space.
The Government of PEI is investing up to $20 million in the expansion, which includes the $8.5 million provincial matching of the KIP award. The total provincial investment will depend upon the success of Holland College in acquiring matching funds from other levels of government, industry partners and the college's own capital campaign.
Centre for Community Engagement
Over the last number of years, Holland College has developed an increasing number of programs that focus on human wellness, physical health and well-being, and healthy relationships, including relationships with each other and relationships with the institutions which affect our lives. Practical Nursing, Dental Assisting, Paramedicine, Sport and Leisure Management, Early Childhood Care and Education and Human Services are all programs which centre on health, well-being, and human relationships and interactions with each other. In each of these programs, Holland College has adopted a more holistic approach to curriculum, instruction and on-site training, emphasizing prevention, education and action in keeping with a 'wellness' model of healthcare.
In addition to providing a site for student engagement through varsity and recreational athletic and fitness activities, the CCE will also offer a range of services to residents of the city which will enable and encourage them to learn all they can about what contributes to their health and well-being to help them make informed choices.
The Centre for Community Engagement opened in the fall of 2011.
Expansion of Glendenning Hall
The expansion of Glendenning Hall was completed in time for the beginning of the 2010/2011 school year in September. The expansion allowed the residence to almost double the number of students it could accommodate.
Creation of green space
A quadrangle bordered by the CAST building, the Centre for Community Engagement, Glendenning Hall, and Grafton Street as been created. The focal point of the green space will be a replica of the sundial presented to Dartmouth College, located in Hanover, New Hampshire, by the college's namesake, Samuel Holland. A small outdoor amphitheatre has been constructed at the side of the CAST Centre where small concerts and ceremonies can be held.
Renovation of the Charlottetown Centre
The Charlottetown Centre, which was once the Prince of Wales College, opened in 1933. It was built on the site of the previous Prince of Wales College, which was demolished after being severely damaged by a fire in 1932.
The building will be extensively renovated in order to enhance and restore the more than 70-year-old building's architecture, while ensuring that it meets the demands of 21st century classrooms and learning labs.
The renovations are now underway.