December 5, 2000: Capilano College’s Sechelt campus plans expansion

      December 5, 2000
      Contact: Alan Smith
      (604) 984-4926

      (NORTH VANCOUVER)--Capilano College’s application for funding from B.C.’s Ministry of Advanced Education and Training to enlarge its Sechelt campus will see the existing facility nearly double in size in the new year.

      If approved, the project work will include an addition to the present Inlet Avenue building plus renovations and code upgrading in the existing space. Four additional classrooms are planned, plus an enlarged library and additional office space. New and renovated classrooms will increase the Sechelt campus student station capacity to 182 from 69.

      "Our program offerings and services have outgrown the existing facility, which was opened in 1988," says College president, Dr. Greg Lee. "The requested expansion and renovation will help us meet the region’s increasing educational demand and needs. It will also improve our capacity to offer more quality post secondary programs and services to our communities on the Sunshine Coast."

      The increase in student capacity will enable the College to consolidate most of its programs and offerings at the Inlet Avenue campus where support services and other facilities enhance the learning experience. It will also allow the College to expand program offerings into new areas, such as the Applied Conservation Biology program, which is currently under development.

      If government funding is received in time, construction will be carried out between April and September 2001. During that period, the Inlet Avenue facility will be completely closed and College information and registration services relocated to another Sechelt facility.