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SUBJECT: Memorial University will extend funding for Labrador West Centre for Interactive Learning
DATE: April 16, 2004

Memorial University will extend its funding support for the Labrador West Centre for Interactive Learning until Sept. 30, 2004. The centre was originally scheduled to cease operation in September 2003 after its initial funding, provided by the Iron Ore Company of Canada, ended.  At that time, the decision was made to keep the centre open for a further six months to allow time to fully examine the mandate of the centre and to consider alternative arrangements.

“As a result of discussions between university officials and stakeholders in the Labrador West region in January, it was decided that the first step should be to undertake a study of the post-secondary educational needs of the region,” said Dr. Michael Collins, acting vice-president (academic) at Memorial University. “Work on this study is ongoing, and a report is expected by the end of May. Once the report is complete, the university will work with the community to develop alternatives for the centre, assess their feasibility, and to identify potential sources of external funding that would allow the centre to continue operations,” he said.

The centre will be administered by the Labrador Institute of Memorial University, headquartered in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, until such time as a decision has been made on the long-term viability of the centre.

The Labrador Centre for Interactive Learning in Labrador City was established in 1997 with the generous financial support of the Iron Ore Company of Canada. The mandate of the centre is to provide educational programs and services for the personal and professional development of non-traditional learners in Labrador West. The centre currently employs one full-time staff person and is located at the Labrador West Campus of the College of the North Atlantic.

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