With the recent announcement by Milton MPP, the Honourable Parm Gill, and the Government of Ontario that it will fund two post-secondary campuses as well as a long-term home and space for a hospice, Milton Education Village is now a reality in our community.
Wilfrid Laurier University and Conestoga College will each have a campus offering career-centred and innovative education, while Schlegel Villages will operate a long-term care facility that includes 192 new publicly-subsidized care beds in a fully integrated village concept for its residents. This service will be advanced through inclusion of the long-term care home in partnership with Conestoga College’s Excellence in Resident-Centred Care post-secondary training program.
Laurier’s educational focus will be centered around planetary health with a problem-based, future-focused approach to learning. The university will offer programming, research and work-integrated learning in the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) fields. This will foster new developments, community-industry partnerships, market-ready research and job creation in areas such as clean and green technology and sustainable development.
Conestoga will provide a broad range of career-focused programs that align with the labour market needs to support area businesses and address current and emerging skills gaps. The college’s program offerings
include health and life sciences, business, applied computer science and information technology, community services, engineering, trades and technology and creative industries programming.
The notion of a post-secondary institution in Milton was originally conceived in the mid-1990s by the Council of the day as part of the award-winning Destiny Milton long-term municipal planning exercise. The Milton Education Village concept was originally developed in 2007. CR