Centennial College shuts down Pickering campus

Centennial College shuts down Pickering campus

Centennial College and Durham College have announced that their shared Pickering Learning Site campus near Toronto in Canada will be closed down permanently.

The closure of the Centennial College Pickering campus, which was first opened back in 2012, will come into effect this month, September 2020.

The finances of the two institutions in Canada have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

After a re-evaluation of their operational models and facilities resources, as necessitated by the global pandemic, Centennial and Durham have decided to cease all operations in the site before the start of the Fall 2020 term.

Centennial College Pickering campus closure an attempt to safeguard finances following COVID-19 pandemic

For now, Centennial College says it will continue to serve enrolled Pickering students by providing an alternative delivery of education in the form of online learning.

The next semester of online-only programmes started 14 September.

However, certain courses – such as the Academic Upgrading courses, funded by Employment Ontario – shall cease to be offered with the campus shutting down.

For other options, such as any programming courses provided by The Business School, they will be relocated to the Progress Campus once in-class education is allowed to resume.

Majority of Pickering campus courses will now be offered online only

A statement released by Centennial College said: “Despite the setback, Centennial College will continue to engage with Durham and work closely with its communities to deliver accessible education to residents.”

Earlier this year, Centennial College said it was able to provide its Ontario-based students critical support during the pandemic.

At its Progress Campus, over 250 students, including a large number of international students, continued to live at the campus throughout the COVID-19 lockdown.

During this challenging period, Centennial College established a ‘meal train’ idea to support its students. Alexandra Raphael, a member of the institution’s Board of Governors, came up with the initiative to both provide more meal options to the campus residents and support the local community.

Raphael said: “People in Toronto were starting all kinds of grassroots campaigns to help members of the community who seemed particularly hard hit by the Coronavirus.

“There were fundraising campaigns to help support local restaurants, to provide meals for health care workers and groceries to older people who couldn’t leave their homes. I thought that our students in residence, many of whom are from outside Canada, were a similarly hard-hit group.

“My daughter helped me come up with the ‘meal train’ idea. Some friends and neighbours had organized a meal train for her when she was undergoing cancer treatment.

“If I was an 18-year-old living in a student residence halfway around the world from my home, I think it would make me very happy to know that someone I had never met cared enough about me to buy me dinner.”

Pic: Centennial College

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