Humber College said on Wednesday evening that it had made the difficult decision to shutter its Orangeville Campus for the end of June 2021 over operation costs, tuition reductions and enrolment issues.
Students who began their studies the fall 2019 semester will be the last cohort to graduate from the campus, located an hour away from Humber College’s more central North Campus.
“Over the years, we have been grateful to have a supportive partner in the Town of Orangeville. We will make every effort to support all individuals who are impacted by this decision,” said Chris Whitaker, president of Humber College, in a press release.
“Humber will continue to provide local learners with online learning and corporate training. We will also continue to partner with local school boards to deliver dual credit programming for the remainder of the 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic years.”
Humber’s Orangeville location was opened as a satellite campus in 2007 as a partnership between the Town of Orangeville and operated out of the Alder Street Recreation Complex, supporting hundreds of full-time students per year, according to the college.
“I’d like to thank the Town of Orangeville for its support and commitment throughout our relationship,” Orangeville Principal Joe Andrews said in the statement, remarking that the municipality has always been welcoming to students, staff and faculty.
“Our work now is to ensure our last two graduating classes are career-ready and prepared for the workforce of the future.”
The college first signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the township to establish the satellite campus in 2005. This year, there are 205 full-time students studying in four programs, representing 0.7 per cent of Humber’s total full-time student body.
In 2004 the Town of Orangeville approached Humber with the concept to build a new campus to service the community and those surrounding Dufferin County that led to a partnership in 2005, according to the college’s Orangeville page.
The closing date aligns with Humber’s lease agreement with the Alder Recreation Complex. The press release cited the “campus’ net operating loss in the past few years, ongoing enrolment challenges, increasing operating costs and recent reductions in tuition revenue” as contributors to the closure.
As a result of Humber’s decision, Georgian College will begin offering Social Service Worker and Early Childhood Education programs at its Orangeville location starting next fall, two programs currently offered by Humber in Orangeville.