Strategic Plan 2014–2017
Message from the President and Chair of the Board of Governors
Connect life and learning … that’s the Conestoga promise. For almost 50 years now, the college has delivered on that promise through career-focused education and training that supports individual success, community engagement and regional prosperity.
In that time, we’ve grown and adapted to meet the changing needs of our students, our partners, our community and our world. We’ve evolved from a tiny community college to a multi-campus institute for polytechnic education, delivering a comprehensive range of experiential learning programs for an increasingly diverse group of learners. Our applied research initiatives support a growing group of industry and community partners in their efforts to innovate, improve and address real-world needs and opportunities.
The 2014–2017 Strategic Plan provides a framework for the next stage in our journey as Conestoga continues to build on our existing strengths to foster social and economic development, serve our region’s dynamic labour market needs, and provide individuals from across our community with the opportunity to achieve career and life success.
This plan builds on the achievements we have realized in the last three years, the greatest period of expansion in Conestoga’s history. With the support of our government, industry and community partners, we’ve successfully developed new, state-of-the-art facilities in Cambridge and Waterloo and at the main Doon campus in Kitchener, as well as a Skills Training Centre in Ingersoll and a Motive Power Skills Training Centre in Guelph.
We’ve partnered with Wilfrid Laurier University to provide more post-secondary options to students in Brantford. We’ve introduced new degree, diploma and graduate certificate programs that prepare our students to meet the needs of our changing economy.
We have established new strengths in applied research for business and workforce development in such key sectors as manufacturing, entrepreneurship and seniors care.
But there are still many exciting developments ahead as we continue our transformation as a world-class institute for career-focused learning and applied research. We have recently concluded a Strategic Mandate Agreement with the Government of Ontario that positions Conestoga to become a provincial leader in college-based degree programming and a pre-eminent centre for education in engineering, trades, health and community services, with increased capacity across a comprehensive range of programming and applied research initiatives to better meet the needs of our students and the growing communities we serve.
With the support of our partners, we will develop and refurbish our facilities and construct a new, $18M Recreation & Wellness Centre to meet student needs. We will promote student and graduate success through the delivery of high quality programs and services, and ensure Conestoga’s sustainability through sound financial management and additional revenue generation.
The importance of career-focused education in Canada’s future prosperity has never been higher, as we work to align the skills of workers with the needs of the changing labour market. We invite you to engage with us on the exciting course we have set for Conestoga’s future.
Thanks to the many individuals who have contributed to the development of this plan. Your input and commitment to the process have been greatly appreciated.
Chair, Board of Governors