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Published On: Fri, Mar 21st, 2014

Kemptville Agricultural College May Be Saved by St. Lawrence & Algonquin Colleges

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South Stormont – Good news for local farm families as the Ontario Government announced today that St. Lawrence & Algonquin Colleges may fill the breach and save the venerable Kemptville Agricultural College.

I am pleased to hear that St. Lawrence College and Algonquin College have responded to my request to seek solutions to retain programs currently delivered at the Kemptville campus. I am looking forward to continuing to work with Grant Crack, MPP for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Agriculture and Food, as well as local community leaders to find a solution that works for the Eastern Ontario agricultural community.

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Minister Brad Duguid

I also want to thank those involved with the Kemptville College Renewal Task Force for coming together to work towards ideas and solutions to this challenge. We are very pleased in the progress made in addressing the challenge at the Alfred Campus and we are hopeful that similar solutions can be found for Kemptville. MPP Grant Crack and I look forward to the continued cooperation of all stakeholders in meeting the needs of the local community.

South Stormont Mayor Bryan McGillis had the following comment.

It would be devastating to Kemptville to lose the college, but also to the amount of our local kids going to that school, and so many other communities in Eastern Ontario.    So many here were educated in Kemptville.  

Mayor Bryan McGillis

Mayor Bryan McGillis

Farming brings jobs and economic development to the community.   Our municipality is part of the group to find successful solutions to keep the programs local.   By going to school locally it helps build strong families which is what South Stormont is all about.

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