January 22, 2020

By RACHEL HENRY

Addition cost $16.6 million

The Health and Life Sciences Centre at Conestoga’s Doon campus is taking interactive learning to a new level.

The F-wing expansion cost $16.6 million with an additional $3 million spent on equipment. With a focus on interactive learning, audio-visuals such as collaborative boards and monitors are a supplemental resource in the classrooms.

Julie Gillis, manager of donor relations and stewardship, said software for the new simulation centre “will allow future innovation in the way we support and capture student learning in simulated settings.”

The wing also includes new labs and lounge areas.

Although the facilities have been in use since September, an open house and grand opening were put off until late November due to busy schedules.

“The beginning of the school year was a very busy time for everyone and (our) first priority was to ensure the building was up and running in time for the students’ return to school,” Gillis said.

In recognition of the support Conestoga received through the Family Campaign donations, the open house took place on Nov. 29 before the official grand opening on Dec. 2. Faculty, staff and their families were invited to tour the facilities, take part in hands-on activities and meet the “patients” in advance of the public.

The Family Campaign is ongoing, with Conestoga staff and faculty being asked to donate money as an investment in students, in the community and in the college’s future. The campaign goal is $800,00, of which $708,000 has already been raised.

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