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|Motto||Connect life and learning|
|Students||11,000 full-time; 30,000 part-time|
|Location||Kitchener, Ontario, Canada|
|Sports Team||Conestoga Condors|
|Colours||Navy and Red|
|Affiliations||CCAA, ACCC, AUCC, OCAA, CBIE, Polytechnics Canada|
Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning is a public college in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, with an enrollment of 11,000 full-time students, 30,000 part-time students, 3,300 apprenticeship students.
The College was founded in 1967 as the Conestoga College of Applied Arts and Technology, one of many such institutions established in that time by the Ontario government to grant diplomas and certificates in career-related, skills-oriented programs. It was renamed in 2002 when the government extended the school's reach, namely to grant degrees in technology-based fields.
Over the years, it has added programs such as the Master of Business Administration program, in cooperation with the University of Windsor. In addition, the College offers a new nursing curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.Sc.N.) degree. Students accepted to Conestoga's Nursing Program take all four years of study at the Doon Campus in Kitchener. Graduates of the program will receive a degree from McMaster University.
Beginning in August 2003 two new programs began which would be the first to award a degree to students entirely through the college. The two programs are the B.Eng. Mechanical Systems Engineering program, a fully accredited engineering program by Engineers Canada and the B.A.Tech Architecture - Project and Facility Management. In 2007 a third B.A. Tech in Integrated Telecommunication and Computer Technology, degree program was added targeting embedded system hardware and software design and manufacture. All three programs award graduates a Bachelor of Applied Technology degree. Beginning of 2005 a new Bachelor of Applied Health Sciences Degree in Health Informatics Management; was started in the School of Health Sciences, Community Services and Biotechnology.
In 2006, the college purchased the former University Heights Secondary School in Waterloo for nearly $6,000,000, into which its Waterloo campus relocated later that year. The property is significantly larger than its former Waterloo campus, which the college will sell to cover the cost of the purchase.
Conestoga has a one, two, three or four-year programs; as well as apprenticeship training programs. There are also many options available to students including four-year degrees in Mechanical Systems Engineering, Integrated Telecommunications and Computer Technology, Architecture, Health Informatics or theInternational Business Management degree which started in the fall of 2006. Conestoga also has several agreements with Ontario universities including Wilfrid Laurier, Windsor and McMaster, as well as several other Canadian and international institutions.
Doon Campus is the main campus for Conestoga College. It is located at the south end of Kitchener and houses the central administration offices as well as the majority of courses offered by the college. Regional campuses have select programs.
Doon Campus - Main Campus, 299 Doon Valley Drive, Kitchener, Ontario, N2G 4M4
Waterloo Campus, 108 University Avenue East, Waterloo, Ontario N2J 2W2
Cambridge Campus, 850 Fountain Street South, Cambridge, Ontario N3H 0A8
Guelph Campus, 460 Speedvale Avenue West, Guelph, Ontario N1H 6N6
Stratford Campus, 130 Youngs Street, Stratford, Ontario N5A 1J7
Cambridge Downtown - Academic Upgrading, Suite 402, 150 Main Street, Cambridge, Ontario N1R 6P9
Ingersoll Skills Training Centre, 420 Thomas Street, Ingersoll, Ontario N5C 3J7
Planned Milton Campus
The town of Milton, Ontario and Wilfrid Laurier University had been working together since 2008 to develop the 150-acre campus in Milton within the planned Milton Education Village (MEV) on 150 acres of land donated by the town. The university subsequently partnered with Conestoga College which would also add a satellite campus at that location. In April 2018, the Province announced a funding plan of $90 million for the project. Construction of the 150-acre campus was expected to conclude in Q3 of 2021; in the meantime, the College would offer courses in rented premises, commencing in September 2019.
In October 2018, however, the new provincial government (elected in June 2018) withdrew the funding before any construction had begun, citing a greater than expected provincial deficit. This effectively cancelled the plans for the joint project with Laurier. Mayor Gord Krantz said the town would explore alternatives for funding the Milton Education Village campus. A news release issued by the college said that it would continue working with Laurier, "the government, industry and community partners to develop a revised model for the cost-effective delivery of post-secondary education ... in Milton..."
- Recreation Centre
- ATS Centre
- Woodworking Centre of Ontario
The School of Engineering and Information Technology was relocated, in 2011, to a new expansion of the Doon campus opposite the current facility across Highway 401. This City of Cambridge site will eventually hold 1,000,000 square feet (93,000 m2) of space.
Phase one of the new Cambridge Campus was finished and open for the start of the fall 2011 semester. This first 260,000 square-foot building is home to the School of Engineering and Information Technology, as well as to the Institute for Food Processing Technology. The Engineering facility has programs with a focus on advanced manufacturing, robotics, renewable energy, telecommunications and information technology. The food processing industry is continuing to grow and this expansion will help fill a need for current and future skilled workers in this sector. The expansion has increased capacity by 2,350 additional full-time spaces and allowed for an additional 800 new spaces for apprentices.
Student Life Centre
- 88.3 CJIQ - the college's campus radio station. It is used as part of Broadcasting: Radio course and Journalism program offered at the college. Local radio DJ Jeremy James got his start at this station.
- Spoke On-line - the web version of the official newspaper of Conestoga College. Student reporters in the Journalism programs of the college contribute the news and editorial content of the paper and are responsible for production of the weekly publication.
- 519 Online News- an online newsroom in Waterloo Region staffed by students in the Videography-Broadcast Journalism/Documentary graduate program in the School of Media and Design at Conestoga College
- "Conestoga Connected" is a weekly half-hour newsmagazine all about Conestoga College student programs, news, events, innovations, sports, life off-campus and alumni. It's created and produced by second-year Broadcast Television students at Conestoga College.
Conestoga College student sports teams are named 'Condor'. They compete against varsity level teams. There are also intramural and extramural programs.
- Vic Fedeli, advertising executive and Ontario politician
- Will Ferguson, Ontario politician and Cabinet member
- Barry Greenwald, whose 1975 student film Metamorphosis at Conestoga College won the Short Film Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
- Brenda Halloran, RN and Mayor of Waterloo
- Brenda Irving, CBC Television sports journalist
- Jonny Staub, radio and television personality
- Elizabeth Wettlaufer, Canadian serial killer
- "College Profile/Stats".
- Gregory, Michael (22 July 2014). "Milton to transfer 150 acres for Wilfrid Laurier campus". Inside Halton. Metroland News. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
University's acquiring of land valued at $50-million subject to Province's approval of satellite campus
- "Milton Campus". WLU. 23 May 2018.
- "Town of Milton". Milton.ca. 2014-04-01. Retrieved 2017-03-11.
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- "Conestoga and Laurier partner for new campus in Milton". Conestoga. 18 April 2018.
- "Laurier in Milton". WLU. 23 May 2018.
- "Milton mayor extremely "disappointed" with cancellation of $90M for Laurier campus – Conservative government says large budget deficit reason for funding withdrawal". Milton Canadian Champion. 23 May 2018.
- "Province pulls funding for Laurier-Conestoga campus in Milton". Kitchener Post-Metroland Media. 24 October 2018.
- McIntosh, Andrew. "Metamorphosis". Canadian Film Encyclopedia. Toronto International Film Festival. Retrieved 6 April 2012.
- Aggerholm, Barbara (January 10, 2006). "University Heights getting new educational role: Conestoga College buys school to expand apprenticeship courses". The Record. Kitchener, Ontario. pp. A1, A2.
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