Confederation College meets budget

Despite earlier concerns of a serious shortfall, Confederation College has received enough funding to pass an balanced budget for the 2001-02 school year with minimal cuts.
After receiving annual government funding late this spring, the college was able to make ends meet while only cutting two programs–a gerontology program and industrial woodworking program.
Still, college president Patricia Lang noted long-term funding remains a concern.
“Our concern is now in the long term and the fact the government has decreased our funding by 40 percent and our enrolment has gone up 35 percent,” she said.
The province has now indicated how much funding will be available for the college over the next three years, including an increase for the double-cohort year in 2003 (the last year for OAC).
“At this point, the Ontario college system receives less funding than any other college system in Canada,” said Lang.
In May, Lang had asked Northwestern Ontario municipalities to help lobby the province for more college funding.
“Colleges are very crucial to the community and I always say if a college is vibrant, the community will be vibrant,” she remarked.
Lang noted most Confederation College graduates get a job within six weeks of graduating, with an average salary of around $29,000.
She also noted colleges in Ontario have been facing provincial cuts for about 10 years. “We have done more with less but the strain is showing,” Lang admitted.