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We will build our capacity to address community, workforce and industry needs through the development of facilities, technologies and programming options.

Conestoga is committed to the delivery of a comprehensive range of education and training options to provide learners from diverse backgrounds with opportunities to develop the skills and knowledge that today’s employers are seeking.

Our graduates are a primary talent source for the communities we serve: more than 65 per cent of graduates remain in the region after completing their studies.

We have made continued progress in the development of career-focused degrees in accordance with our 2014-2017 Strategic Plan. Bachelor’s degree programs in Design, Early Learning Program Development and Environmental Public Health have been approved and launched; an additional degree program in Building Systems Engineering has been approved and will launch in 2018, with more programs currently in development or awaiting Ministry approval.

We have also successfully launched a number of new graduate certificate, diploma and certificate programs each year to meet changing student and workforce needs. Some of these programs are targeted specifically for international students to support enrolment growth and  address the increasing talent needs of our community.

1,000 industry and community leaders contribute to Program Advisory Committees. 

Conestoga has made substantial progress in facility improvement and expansion to serve a growing student population and create an enhanced learning and working environment.

Highlights of achievements include:

Campuses and training centres in 8 locations

We have also made significant progress in the development and reach of applied research activities that support student learning, address business and industry needs, and contribute to regional prosperity.

Conestoga continues to lead research on improving the quality of life and care for seniors in partnership with Schlegel Villages and the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging. 

A new Industrial Research Chair for Colleges awarded through NSERC’s Colleges and Community Innovation (CCI) program in 2016 will also position Conestoga as an applied research leader in Advanced Recycling Technologies for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment.

The Centre for Smart Manufacturing was launched in 2015, working in partnership with industry to drive innovation, commercialization, productivity improvement and competitiveness for Ontario’s manufacturing sector.

In 2014-15 and 2015-16, Conestoga secured a total of more than $5.5 million in grants as well as additional industry contributions to support applied research activities in numerous areas including advanced manufacturing, food innovation and technology as well as community services.

In 2015-16, more than 130 faculty and almost 1,500 students were engaged in applied research activities including capstone, in-class and independent projects. More than 1,000 students engaged in entrepreneurial learning initiatives in 2015-16: new activities included the launch of the Rising Stars program that develops future culinary and hospitality entrepreneurs.

Capacity | Objectives for 2017-2020

Deliver a comprehensive range of career-focused programs that respond to current and evolving workforce needs.

We will remain committed to a comprehensive range of accessible, career-focused programming geared to workforce and community needs. Targeted areas for development in 2017-2020 include additional engineering and IT programming, increased access to trades and apprenticeship training, the enhancement of culinary and hospitality offerings, and focused programming for a new Milton campus in partnership with Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU).

Renew and expand campus facilities to support enhanced access and the delivery of programming and services.

The expansion of the Waterloo campus to be completed in 2018 will enhance access to programming and services for a diverse range of learners, grow enrolment in key program areas, improve the visibility and image of Conestoga at the gateway to Waterloo’s education corridor, and consolidate two small rental satellites while improving college services. 

Other priority projects include the establishment of the new WLU campus in Milton, the development of an enhanced Student Centre, and continued renewal and refurbishment of existing facilities. We will also continue to explore potential partnerships for the development of new, multi-use facilities on college lands that address community needs while providing additional opportunities for students and programs. 

Increase access to education and skills training through pathways, technologies and flexible programming options.

We will continue to enhance access to programming through the expansion of online and hybrid delivery models and explore new opportunities for the delivery of short courses, modular programming and stackable credentials that lead to career success. Continued investment in technology-based tools and infrastructure will support new approaches to efficient and effective program delivery that meets the needs of today’s learners.

Address the innovation needs of industry and community partners through the expansion of applied research capacity.

We will continue to expand applied research activities and the development of Conestoga’s centres of excellence to support student learning, spur innovation for local SMEs, and contribute to regional prosperity. Priority projects include the establishment of a centre of excellence for Supply Chain Management and the development of an applied research hub in the Gaslight District in Cambridge that will provide new opportunities to focus on innovation for advanced manufacturing, cybersecurity and advanced recycling technologies.

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