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Collège de l’Île and Holland College celebrate their partnership with the grand opening of Collège de l’Île’s Charlottetown campus

April 19, 2017

– Donald DesRoches, President, Collège de l’Île; left, and Dr. Brian McMillan, President, Holland College

– Donald DesRoches, President, Collège de l’Île; left, and Dr. Brian McMillan, President, Holland College

April 19, 2017 – Postsecondary students will benefit from new and exciting opportunities through a partnership between Collège de l’Île and Holland College like no other in Canada.

Beginning with the 2017-2018 academic year, courses in some programs will be available for students to take in either institution in English or French. This means Collège de l’Île students will have the opportunity to take some courses in English with Holland College. Conversely, Holland College students will have the opportunity to take some courses in French at Collège de l’Île. Students from both colleges will also enjoy other benefits, such as campus access, health insurance, and language training programs.

“By providing pathways to postsecondary education in English and French, Collège de l’Île and Holland College are supporting the province’s investment in French education at the elementary and secondary levels,” said Collège de l’Île President Donald DesRoches. “Our institutions have a long history of working together on courses and programs as well as internship coordination for students, among many areas. We see this enhanced collaboration not only as an extension of the existing relationship but also a joint effort in contributing to the enrichment of French language services on Prince Edward Island.”

“Holland College is delighted to welcome Collège de l’Île to our campus. For each institution to be able to offer a greater scope of programs in both official languages not only means that we can offer our students language training opportunities, it also translates into a significant advantage in the competitive post-secondary marketplace, making Prince Edward Island an even more attractive education destination,” said Holland College president Dr. Brian McMillan.

“It is great to see two postsecondary institutions collaborate on the enhancement of French language education in the province,” said Premier Wade MacLauchlan. “Expanding access to postsecondary education in French will provide more opportunity for students to pursue an education without having to leave Prince Edward Island, and it is also opens up exciting French employment opportunities for current and future students.”

“Postsecondary institutions play an important role in building a bright future for young Canadians and a stronger economy across our nation,” said Sean Casey, MP for Charlottetown on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. “I am pleased to announce Government of Canada support of $184,887 for Collège de l’Île to assist with its innovative and strategic endeavors to provide quality postsecondary French language education.”

This partnership was made possible in part by financial contributions by the Government of Prince Edward Island, the Holland College Foundation, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and the colleges themselves. The colleges are currently working on a joint strategic plan which will add components to their initial offerings.

The partnership launch was held at College de l’Île’s new Charlottetown campus located at 295 Kent Street, adjoining Holland College’s Prince of Wales Campus.

(L-R) Sean Casey, MP for Charlottetown, representing the Hon. Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development; Hon. Wade MacLauchlan, Premier of Prince Edward Island; Donald DesRoches, President, Collège de l’Île; Dr. Brian McMillan, President, Holland College; Hon. Sonny Gallant, PEI Minister of Workforce and Advanced Learning

(L-R) Sean Casey, MP for Charlottetown, representing the Hon. Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development; Hon. Wade MacLauchlan, Premier of Prince Edward Island; Donald DesRoches, President, Collège de l’Île; Dr. Brian McMillan, President, Holland College; Hon. Sonny Gallant, PEI Minister of Workforce and Advanced Learning

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 Media Contacts:

Dominique Chouinard                    
Collège de l’Île  
Director of Communications             
(902) 439-7615

Sara Underwood
Holland College
Media and Communications Officer
Tel: (902) 566-9695

 

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