Even though it won't need it for the foreseeable future, the college has acquired additional space in Windsor's downtown, to provide more classroom space in the Zekelman School of Business and Information Technology.
In a report to the Board of Governors during its November 24th meeting, President Patti France and Academic Vice-President Waseem Habash explained:
St. Clair College has experienced unprecedented growth in international student enrolment. Three years ago, the college expanded the downtown campus by leasing the facility, located at 1 Riverside Drive West in Windsor, adding classroom capacity to meet student demand (the founding of the Zekelman-named school). The additional space reached a utilization factor of 100 percent prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, the college was forced to deliver classes in the evening and on Saturdays.
One or two evening classes per week is acceptable for most students, but Saturday classes limit their opportunity to find part-time employment.
In anticipation of the return of students to face-to-face delivery in January, the college has leased the facility located at 333 Riverside Drive West (in the hotel complex abutting the Centre for the Arts), and added further space of 15,000 square feet and seven classrooms.
Although the majority of classes will continue to be delivered online for Winter 2021, the space will be ready and in possession of the college.
Having the supplemental capacity at the downtown campus has allowed the college to recruit heavily for future semesters to make up for the loss of enrolment from Spring and Fall 2020 due to the global pandemic.
MORE STORIES FROM THE NOVEMBER MEETING OF THE COLLEGE'S BOARD OF GOVERNORS
The Mid-Year Budget Adjustment: http://stclair-src.org/news/need-know-news/college-still-track-year-end-surplus
The Annual Risk Management Report: http://stclair-src.org/news/need-know-news/pandemic-or-not-running-college-risky-business
A Full Description of Academic Transfer Opportunities: http://stclair-src.org/news/need-know-news/where-do-you-go-here-lots-choices
The College's Impact on the Economic Well-Being of Southwestern Ontario: http://stclair-src.org/news/need-know-news/college-portrayed-regional-economic-engine