Building Futures Campaign surpasses $16.5-million goal

A  campaign responsible for the largest campus transformation in Niagara College history was capped off with a successful end to thunderous applause as the amount of funds raised was revealed.

On April 17, 2012, The Niagara College Foundation announced  that it has successfully completed its Building Futures Campaign, exceeding the original $16.5-million target by more than $1-million.

Launched in 2008, the campaign has raised $17.7-million for new facilities, equipment and learning resources, and scholarships and bursaries. With matching funds from the provincial government’s former Ontario Trust for Student Support program, the campaign’s total impact on student learning and success is $21-million.

Niagara College students pledged $10 million to the campaign – a commitment that will be shared by thousands of students over 15 years. The student pledge supported the construction of the Athletics Centre and Student Centre at the Welland Campus.

The Building Futures campaign received outstanding support from Niagara College staff, who contributed $270,000 to the campaign – almost tripling the campaign’s goal of $100,000 in staff contributions.

“We’re overwhelmed by the outstanding support we’ve received from our students, staff and faculty, and community donors,” said Acting President Steve Hudson. “The money raised through the Building Futures Campaign not only supports the largest capital expansion in our College’s history, but will also contribute to the ongoing success of our students, through scholarships and bursaries, and the purchase of learning equipment and learning resources.”

The facilities portion of the Building Futures Campaign supported the construction of six new buildings at the Welland Campus, as well as the construction of the Wine Visitor + Education Centre (opened in 2009), the Niagara College Teaching Brewery (opened in spring 2011) and expanded culinary facilities (opened in fall 2011) at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus.

At Welland, the master plan project included the construction of an Athletic Centre, Student Centre, Learning Commons, Academic Wing, Applied Health Institute and an expansion of the Rankin Technology Centre, all of which were opened in spring 2011. Including the student pledge, the Building Futures Campaign raised $13.2 million for the construction portion of the master plan.

The campus redevelopment was designed to increase capacity in programs that serve key industries in Niagara, healthcare, skilled trades, technology, winery and viticulture and hospitality and tourism, while providing much-needed improvements to aging facilities.

The remaining $4.5-million is funding the purchase of new equipment and learning resources ($1.2-million) and scholarships and bursaries ($3.3-million).

“Those who supported the Building Futures Campaign have invested in Niagara College, our students and the future prosperity of the Niagara region,” said Sean Kennedy, CEO of the Niagara College Foundation and NC’s Acting Vice President Academic. “The new buildings and equipment enhance our ability to produce the highly-skilled workers who drive our economy. The scholarship and bursary portion of the campaign will provide educational opportunities to students who may otherwise be unable to pursue and achieve their goals.”

The Building Futures Campaign was led by Co-Chairs Anna Olson, a celebrated chef, author and television host, and Mark Basciano, owner and president of the Mountainview Group of Companies – the largest homebuilder in Niagara. The campaign drew support from students, staff, and the broader community, including individuals, businesses and organizations.

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