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Feb 26

Georgian College and Lakehead University announce more than 20 new degree programs

BARRIE - Avery Konda might soon need a bigger frame for his college diploma. As a third-year student in Georgian College's Environmental Technology program, Konda will soon be able to garner an integrated university degree through a new Lakehead University and Georgian College partnership...
Dec 16

Plans unveiled for Barrie's new south-end high school

BARRIE - Plans for the new south-end Barrie high school were discussed at an information meeting on Monday night. Parents and other members of the public - as well as some Simcoe County District School Board trustees - heard board staff talk about different aspects of the school, which will be...
Sep 27

Lakehead/Georgian College plan submitted to province

BARRIE - Lakehead University, in partnership with Georgian University Partnership Centre, submitted its proposal for major expansion to the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities on Friday. The joint proposal was developed in response to a call from the Province of Ontario to...
Jun 28

Laurentian's Barrie plan concerns Orillia mayor

ORILLIA - With unused capacity at Georgian College and Lakehead University, Orillia Mayor Angelo Orsi questions the need for Laurentian University to open a standalone campus in Barrie. "Orillia has invested significantly in post-secondary education with Lakehead. We want to make sure...
Jun 24

Pledge represents increase 2011 commitment of $14 million for Barrie campus

BARRIE - The push in Barrie continues for the provincial, post-secondary pot of gold. Laurentian University upped the ante Monday, adding $11 million to its previous $14-million commitment to a new campus in the city, which has already promised $14 million over 10 years. Last week, Lakehead...
Jun 11

Record number of students graduating from Georgian College

BARRIE - A record number of students are graduating this month from Georgian College. Over the next two weeks, approximately 2,350 students will graduate from a wide range of programs at the Barrie, Orillia and Owen Sound campuses. This is the largest ever graduating class in the college's...
Mar 28

Barrie officials hoping funding announcement means campus headed this way

BARRIE - Much like bears circling the honey pot, politicians and school officials are greeting the provincial government's announcement of university funding as a bona fide bonanza. Although the Liberal government's 2011 campaign promise to build three new universities in Ontario took...
Jan 13

Recent policy paper has some believing Barrie closer to getting a new university campus

BARRIE - A recent policy paper from the provincial government has some believing a new university campus for Barrie might be one step closer to reality. Laurentian University (Barrie campus) associate vice-president Craig Fowler said the Ministry of Training, colleges and Universities document...
Nov 6

Lakehead official keeping tabs on Laurentian plan for Barrie

BARRIE - Lakehead University takes “great pride” in the fact its Orillia campus is the only full-service campus in the county, says a senior university official. When Lakehead was looking to expand in the early 2000s beyond its main campus in Thunder Bay, provost and vice-president...
Oct 29

It's Time For a University campus in Barrie

BARRIE - The story of Barrie is one of growth. With a population of more than 140,000 and a strategic reach into the GTA, Barrie is the largest census metropolitan area in Canada without a university. We know that Barrie is ready for its own university campus. Laurentian has been a significant part...
Jun 26

County gives college a $500,000 boost

BARRIE - Simcoe County Warden Cal Patterson and members of county council gave Georgian College a $500,000 boost to support learning opportunities that benefit students from across the region. The gift is part of the county’s $4-million multi-year pledge to the college, which has four...
Sep 25

Barrie Desperately Wants Ontario's Next University

BARRIE - This city likely won't learn about its downtown university campus until 2013. Mayor Jeff Lehman, speaking to the Greater Barrie Chamber of Commerce on Monday, said the ball is still in the province's court. “It's up to them, that's the short answer,”...