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April 22, 2016

Fanshawe's Board of Governors has approved the College's 2016/17 Strategic Plan and Budget which features significant investments in new program development and infrastructure expansion as well as student success support.

The $249 million budget continues Fanshawe's push to develop high-demand programs that meet the needs of students and employers. This fall will see the launch of 13 new programs including Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Operations, an honours degree in Bachelor of Commerce (Management), Fire Inspection and Fire Safety Education and Doula Studies.

“This budget achieves a balance between future planning and fiscal responsibility,” said Fanshawe President Peter Devlin. “Our number one priority continues to be investing in areas that position our graduates for employment success.”

Planning for the budget has been underway since November 2015 and reflects the priorities of the College community, which were thoroughly collected and vetted prior to approval.

Last fall, Fanshawe had its largest first-year incoming class ever with more than 9,000 students beginning studies – an increase of 10 per cent from 2014. In March, the College had its largest open house ever with more than 9,300 visitors. To support growing demand, Fanshawe is building and renewing its already expansive infrastructure.

 “Fanshawe's infrastructure investments have been deliberately aligned with our programming because state-of-the-art learning environments provide students with exceptional learning experiences,” said Devlin.

 Key capital plan projects include:

Canadian Centre for Product Validation (CCPV) – The facility, scheduled to open in June 2016, is a comprehensive, ISO certified, test facility that positions Fanshawe at the forefront of research and innovation. When open, the CCPV will perform developmental, performance and compliance testing for new or improved products in the primary areas of thermal, mechanical, electrical and environmental testing.

Public Safety Renovation – With a scheduled opening in September 2016, Fanshawe's School of Public Safety will move to a newly renovated space that will improve user access to athletic/recreational activities. The project will create a physical activity space, fitness lab, change room and lockers, an emergency telecommunications/emergency operations lab, paramedic program lab and two classrooms.

Wellness/Fitness Centre – This new facility, jointly financed by the College and student contributions supported by the Fanshawe Student Union, will be an extension of the current athletic centre. Interior renovations will provide students with improved access to fitness, athletic, wellness and health services. The Centre is expected to be operational by May 2017.

Downtown Phase II project – Expected to open in September 2018, phase two of Fanshawe's downtown campus will accommodate approximately 1,600 students from the School of Tourism and Hospitality and School of Information Technology.

About Fanshawe
The College is looking ahead to 2017 when it will celebrate its 50th anniversary. The year will be an exciting opportunity to look back at how much it has grown since 1967 and how it will continue to have a meaningful impact on future students.

Fanshawe is one of Ontario's largest colleges. Its campuses, located in London, Simcoe, St. Thomas and Woodstock, serve close to half a million people with a promise to educate, engage, empower and excite. For nearly 50 years, Fanshawe has been helping people to unlock their potential and achieve success. The College attracts students from 50 countries every year and opens up a world of possibilities through more than 200 degree, diploma and certificate programs, along with apprenticeship training.

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