Mississauga’s downtown core is taking on Sheridan College’s motto, “shine brighter”, as construction of Sheridan’s third campus is underway just north of the Living Arts Center. Construction of the campus comes after both the Provincial and Federal governments contributed $31 million dollars in funding to Sheridan, with $15 million to be raised through fundraising and other sources, that we hope our corporate sector will generously support.
The new campus will accommodate 1,700 full-time students upon completion of phase 1 next March, and grow to accommodate 5,000 students. The campus will provide day, night, weekend and continuing education courses, and will have a special concentration on business education and provide a range of services and programming that will help foreign-trained professionals prepare for employment.
Aside from transforming Mississauga’s city center, having Sheridan in the heart of Mississauga will give the city new energy and vibrancy. Sheridan President, Jeff Zabudsky, has commented that the campus will be a welcoming space for the entire community with the inclusion of park like settings in its design. Most importantly the campus will serve to solve a greater problem, the skills shortage and workforce issues that Mississauga has now and will continue to have in the future.
In the short term, construction of the new campus has created jobs for those involved in the construction, while in the long term many of the students who attend the Mississauga campus will be able to work for over 50,000 businesses that call Mississauga home. Sheridan’s presence will be essential to Mississauga’s economic development and growth, as it will provide businesses with an enhanced pool of educated and skilled labour.
This is just another good news story that we should all be proud of, that contributes to Mississauga being a great city to live, work, play, pray and to be educated.
Sheldon Leiba is the President & CEO of Mississauga Board of Trade, Mississauga’s leading business association. Mississauga Board of Trade represents businesses in all industry sectors. Visit www.mbot.com.
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