Lambton College updates community on progress made on strategic plan

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Community leaders invited to an update on the Lambton College strategic plan had the opportunity to see just how much progress is being made about halfway through the 2012-2018 period.

What was clear in Wednesday morning’s presentation, held over breakfast at the Lambton Inn, is that in many ways the school is meeting or exceeding its expectations.

CEO Judith Morris and several other leaders walked through the school’s “pillars” that make up the strategic plan, focusing on areas Lambton College is focused.

Those include the development of aboriginal academic and student success plans.

Wanda Maness, who is a graduate of the alternative energy engineering technology program at Lambton College, was singled out as an example of progress made in this area.

The number of aboriginal students has increased from 144 in 2012 to 158 students in 2014.

The school is also focused on development of a mental health strategy, with progress being made in the form of an advisory committee on campus, staff training on mental health literacy, and a “no waiting list” referral for students looking for assistance when it comes to help with mental health issues.

There is also a student chapter of Jack.org, an organization set up by parents of a Queen’s student—Jack Windeler—who in 2010 died by suicide before completing his first year at the university.

Lambton College has also established a Centre of Excellence in Energy and Bio-Industrial Technologies, with several “flagship” accomplishments highlighted. These include the Chemical Production and Power Engineering Technology program, Power Engineering Technology, Instrumentation and Control Engineering Technology and Millwright Mechanical Technician.

The college has experienced 28% enrolment growth in the last three years and 56% enrolment growth among international students.

In the area focused on the Centre of Excellence in Fire and Public Safety, the presentation included a short demonstration by a female team of student competitors, as seen here.

Officials also highlighted progress being made on achieving an “affordable and accessible” mobile experience, an effort that is now “branded” as Class+ Experience, which the college has trademarked.

Also announced was a May 13-15 “Mobile Summit” that Lambton College is hosting.

The college is also continuing to partner with industry, the community and post-secondary institutions, notably through Lambton County’s “Circles” program, two entrepreneurial programs—Enactus and The Cube—and various applied research projects.

There is also an IT-focused version of The Cube—CubeIT.

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