Starting this fall, mature students looking to obtain their high school diploma through Assiniboine Community College will be doing so at the school’s main campus rather than Brandon’s downtown core.
This past spring, ACC officials relocated the Adult Collegiate program to the Victoria Avenue East campus in order to give mature students better access to the college’s various facilities and resources.
Even though this space is still being renovated, ACC director of access programs Kate Pelletier is hopeful that their new "Centre for Adult Learning" in Brandon will be up and running by sometime in September, with its own purpose-built classrooms and offices.
"It’s all going to be right in the mix of where the library and the Indigenous Affairs office is," she said on Friday. "All the supports for students are in the same area."
Pelletier told the Sun in a followup email that ACC officials have operated the Adult Collegiate program in downtown Brandon for around two decades, with the location being partially chosen because of its close proximity to a lot of local mature students.
However, a recent census conducted by the college showed that most mature students in Brandon actually live closer to the main Victoria East campus these days, which further reinforced the school’s pre-existing desire to make the switch.
Plus, Pelletier is hoping that the program’s new centralized location will encourage more mature students to enrol in ACC once they finally obtain their high school diploma.
"I think it will be easier for them to see themselves as a college student and feel part of that (culture), and will encourage more to transition to post-secondary," she said.
Outside of housing an Adult Collegiate program, ACC’s downtown campus also served as an English as an Additional Language testing centre.
Now, Pelletier said all of the school’s EDL programming has been moved to the Victoria Avenue East campus as well, with its own purpose-built space to help individuals interested in learning English at intermediate and advanced level.
"They’re going to join the International Education area in terms of location," she said. "And they’ve also got a brand-new, purpose-built space with offices and a classroom."
Currently, ACC officials don’t have any plans to use their former downtown campus located at 723 Rosser Ave. The building is currently up for lease on brandonarearealtors.ca.
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