Collingwood Soon To Be A College Town

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX four seasons realty limited

Everyone has surely heard about the fall from grace of our local MP for Simcoe-Grey, Helena Guergis so we won't even go there.  One of her last acts before being expelled from the Conservative caucus though was to bring some very good news to our area.

Georgian College will receive an investment of $4 million for a new Collingwood Campus through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario).  While Georgian has had a presence in Collingwood for many decades, it has been a part-time campus more or less with locations spread out around the town.  In a recent media release, Brian Tamblyn, President and CEO of Georgian College stated, "This investment in a new, permanent home for Georgian College serving Collingwood, Wasaga Beach, Clearview Township, Meaford and Town of the Blue Mountains, will go far in helping to address short and long-term economic needs of the entire area. A new consolidated campus will allow Georgian to continue to expand its enrollment by as much as 20 per cent annually."

I've also heard that the College will have degree granting capabilities through its University Partnerships Program.  For a very long time now, Collingwood has identified the need for a full-time post-secondary education facility in the community.  Mayor Chris Carrier and Collingwood Council are to be congratulated for their significant efforts in bringing this about.   While the location has not yet been announced, rumour has it that it will be located in the new Industrial Park at the south-east end of town.

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Comments (6)

Brian Madigan
RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto) - Toronto, ON
LL.B., Broker

Marg,

Is this general in nature or will there be a specific focus. One thing that helps is a school with a centre of excellence, but it often takes some time to develop that.

Brian

Apr 12, 2010 01:12 PM
Marg Scheben
RE/MAX four seasons realty limited - Collingwood, ON
Edey - Collingwood, Ontario

They have not said yet Brian so I don't know but think it will be more general.  I agree with you totally that a niche focus would be better and we've seen it work so well in other areas.  South Georgian Bay is a perfect place for a school of tourism but they already put that in Orillia.  Either way, it will be something that will bring great benefits to the local community and to young people who will not be forced to leave our community for college.  Now we need a univeristy!

Apr 12, 2010 01:21 PM
Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON

hi Marg,

That's great news for Collingwood....it will bring a lot of new business in for the town as well as giving those in the community the opportunity to further their education without going too far away from home.

Jo

Apr 12, 2010 01:45 PM
Kathy Clulow
RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage - Uxbridge, ON
Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results

Marg - this is good news ..... it will also be a boon for the local resorts as more young people will stay in Collingwood and will be looking for local part time and seasonal work to help pay their way.

Apr 12, 2010 04:46 PM
Malcolm Johnston
Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario - Trenton, ON
Trenton Real Estate

Marg, Collingwood would be an excellent campus town. Lots of amenities and recreation, but not too big.

Apr 13, 2010 12:09 PM
Christine Smith
Locations North Brokerage - Collingwood, ON
Collingwood Real Estate

Hello Marg,

You haven't posted a blog in a very long time on buying and selling Collingwood real estate on Active Rain. I just started using this site myself. Were there not any benefits?

 

Mar 29, 2015 11:20 PM