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Dignitaries on hand to help Providence launch classroom development
(From left to right: Ted Falk, MP for Provencher; Stan Toews, Reeve of RM of Hanover; Kelvin Goertzen, MLA for Steinbach; Cliff Graydon, MLA for Emerson; Dr. David Johnson, Providence President.)
by Isabella Selk
Providence was excited to welcome students, staff, faculty, honoured guests, and representatives from all levels of government to the ceremonial ground-breaking of a new business and science-purposed space on Thursday morning.
Among those present were Ted Falk, Member of Parliament for Provencher; Cliff Graydon, Member of the Legislative Assembly for Emerson; Kelvin Goertzen, Member of the Legislative Assembly for Steinbach; dignitaries from the Rural Municipalities of De Salaberry and Hanover; members of the Providence Board of Governors; and representatives of Three Way Builders and NDL Construction, among others.
Everyone in attendance learned more about a project that will enable Providence to deliver additional business and science offerings in a modern, user-friendly environment.
Providence President Dr. David Johnson spoke to the school’s function as a difference-maker in the lives of its students, who, in turn, go on to become difference-makers in their churches, workplaces, and neighbourhouds. Board Chair Dr. Gordon Giesbrecht then addressed the intersect of faith and science, after which both men ceremonially knocked down a wall in the new space.
Student Council president Chase Harms and business student Natasha Loge also wielded sledgehammers for the media in attendance, as did Al Reimer of NDL Construction and Gregg Plett of Three Way Builders.
The new facility, at 7,000 square feet, will include two classrooms, two networked seminar rooms, 24 laboratory work stations, and four faculty offices, as well as a 3,500 square foot exterior courtyard.
“The expansion is very important to us,” remarked Giesbrecht. “Providence is a liberal arts college in the Christian tradition, and we don’t currently have a lot of science offerings. This really opens the door to students who have not been able to come here before. Feedback has been very positive.”
Construction will begin immediately, with a completion goal of May 2016.
“The people that leave Providence are great ambassadors,” asserted Graydon. “This expansion is a natural progression in growing the school and bringing more people here, which is wonderful. It will benefit the school on many levels, from athletics to other academic programs.”
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