President's Report 2006 | Campus Life

Million-dollar extension approved for Grenfell College

Joan Burke announces $1 million for an extension to the Arts and Science Building of Sir Wilfred Grenfell College. Also shown are Dr. Axel Meisen, Tom Marshall and Dr. Holly Pike.

Premier Danny Williams and Joan Burke, minister of Education, announced a $1-million extension to Sir Wilfred Grenfell College in Corner Brook in June. The creation of additional space at Memorial University’s West Coast campus will accommodate new faculty and staff as a result of the college's expanded program offerings.

"Education is a primary focus of government's agenda this year as demonstrated in an additional investment of more than $100 million in Budget 2006," said Premier Williams. "We recognize that education is critical to creating new opportunities for each of our students and ensuring our province can take full advantage of current and future economic development. To this end, we will continue to help our postsecondary institutions improve both programming and infrastructure."

The extension to Sir Wilfred Grenfell College was identified as an immediate priority within the public postsecondary system. Government's White Paper on Public Postsecondary Education committed to enhancing the ability of Grenfell College to offer new programming and expand its enrolments. This investment, and continued investments by government have resulted in several new programs, including tourism studies which began this fall, business studies planned for January 2007 and a sustainable natural resource program planned for the fall of 2007.

"We heartily welcome government's decision to invest $1million in construction of an extension to the Arts and Science Building at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College," said Dr. John Ashton, principal of Grenfell College. "This initiative will provide much needed short-term relief for what has become a space crisis at the Corner Brook campus. It will allow us to provide office accommodations for incoming faculty and staff who will serve our new programs while continuing to enhance our outreach activities and community partnerships. Government's swift response to our needs reflects a recognition that the range and scope of activities at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College have now far outgrown our existing physical plant. We look forward to further growth in our programs of teaching and research and the infrastructure that supports them in the years ahead." Renovations are expected to be completed by the end of November.