Collège Boréal has examined the Godbout Report regarding the future of the Alfred campus. Following a preliminary examination, the institution’s senior managers expressed concerns regarding the report and the recommendations contained therein.
When the University of Guelph first announced its withdrawal from the Alfred campus in March 2014, Collège Boréal quickly stepped in to ensure the availability of the Agricultural Technician program for students wishing to enroll. It was especially important for Collège Boréal to offer the program given that there is no other French language agriculture program available to the French-speaking community in Ontario. Recently, the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities approved Collège Boréal’s request to offer the program.
It is equally important to mention the fact that Collège Boréal has offered the Veterinary Technician program at the Alfred campus for over 15 years. This program is also offered at its Sudbury campus.
In regards to the Godbout Report, Collège Boréal believes that it will be difficult to implement the recommendations contained therein, both financially and administratively. Collège Boréal is particularly concerned with several recommendations that may impact the autonomy of both French language colleges. Furthermore, Collège Boréal believes that implementation of the proposed recommendations would require substantial investments from the provincial government, while alternative solutions may be available.
Collège Boréal is confident that all parties involved, including government agencies, will take the time to examine the potential repercussions of the proposed recommendations before making a final decision. As always, Collège Boréal is ready to work with all the stakeholders for the benefit of the French-speaking population of Ontario.
“Collège Boréal has a longstanding history in Alfred where it has offered the Veterinary Technician program for over 15 years to meet the needs of the local community. We remain committed to offer this program as well as the Agricultural Technician program at the Alfred campus for years to come at the Alfred campus.”
Monique Rocheleau, Chair of the Board of Governors, Collège Boréal
“Collège Boréal wants to reiterate its commitment to work in collaboration with all stakeholders in order to find a practical solution to meet the needs and expectations of the French-speaking agricultural community across Ontario.”
Pierre Riopel, President, Collège Boréal
Established in 1995, Collège Boréal is a French-language postsecondary training and learning institution dedicated to the development and growth of French communities throughout the province.
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