Local community throws support behind higher learning in Goderich
In late March 2016, Fanshawe hosted an open house to unveil its newest learning facility, an attractive location in downtown Goderich’s ‘Kingston Block’ that promises to be a big addition to the town and region.
The facility, located at 33 St. David Street, will allow the College to partner with local businesses and other community stakeholders to promote economic development and offer ongoing training opportunities for young and mature learners alike.
Starting in September 2016, Fanshawe will offer a full-time, two-year Business – Entrepreneurship and Management diploma program out of the facility, as well as part-time programs in Human Resources Management and General Business.
With roughly 2,700 Fanshawe alumni already living and working in Huron County, the new site allows Fanshawe to build on its footprint in the area.
The College received substantial support to make the new facility a reality. The Corporation of the Town of Goderich helped secure the location and make improvements to the site. The Goderich Business Improvement Area (BIA) donated $50,000 towards those site improvements, as well as classroom technologies.
“Fanshawe College sincerely appreciates the tremendous support of the Town of Goderich and the Goderich BIA,” said Donna Derer, Acting Dean of the Faculty of Regional and Continuing Education at Fanshawe. “This new location is one part of our strategy to provide access to post-secondary education for students beyond our traditional campus locations. We felt that it was a natural fit to emphasize our business programming in Goderich, and we look forward to collaborating with members of the local business community.”
Dean Whalen, a representative of the Goderich BIA, said the organization is pleased to partner with Fanshawe and the Town of Goderich in establishing a place of higher learning for residents of the region. “The opportunity to obtain high quality post-secondary education in our community will be a real benefit to the citizens of Goderich and the surrounding towns and municipalities,” he said.
Fanshawe is also extremely grateful for the significant contribution from former Deputy Mayor of Goderich, John Grace, and wife Wendy Dell-Grace in support of the College’s new location.
“My interest in the development of a Fanshawe College site initially came from a passion for economic development,” said Grace. “When the focus turned to business programming, my interest was really piqued. Our economy is dependent on the growth of small business and young entrepreneurs and what better way to foster this potential than to offer college programming in rural Ontario.”
Moved by her husband’s commitment to the project and inspired by her own family history, Wendy and her siblings also made a generous donation on behalf of their parents, Stanley and Svava Dell, who were both passionate supporters of post-secondary education in rural communities.