At Lakeland College, our students lead today through student-managed enterprises, experiences and events.
Student-managed helps students step out of their comfort zone. Being in charge forces them to tackle new experiences. Student-managed is a way to make connections with community and industry. Responsibility transforms students into leaders.
That’s what makes a Lakeland education useful, unique and a great investment.
Creating an invaluable education does have a price.
We estimate our three current priorities require $30 million. To date, Lakeland has committed $10.5 million. Provincial and federal governments have contributed another $8.5 million.
To help our student lead and learn today and tomorrow, we’ll need another $11 million.
1. Expand student success and student-managed initiatives.
We know students come to Lakeland because they see it as a place of possibility. A place where they can explore their potential and grow their dreams. A place of innovation, inclusivity and collaboration.
Sustaining that environment takes investment. Some of that investment is in our buildings. Some of it is in various types of equipment and technology.
Another valuable investment is about opening doors for students to succeed at Lakeland and in life.
What does that mean? Life-sharing services and supports:
- Targeted scholarships to encourage first generation, new immigrant, Indigenous, disabled and second career students.
- New or expanded support services such as wellness and job search.
- More job-ready programs such as mentorship and increased co-op work placements.
2. Empower the next leaders in agriculture.
There are more than 500 agricultural sciences students currently studying at Lakeland. That’s an all-time high.
We need new and renewed spaces and places on our Vermilion campus for them. We’ve started with the dairy learning centre and animal health clinic. More facilities need refurbished. For example, labs built in the last century need updating.
An increased industry focus on technology means providing that equipment for our students.
And, we also need to expand our land base.
3. Deliver solutions to industry
Our current small-plot agronomic research fills a gap in the region. Our results are relevant to local farmers.
Research isn’t cheap. At its best it is a collaborative activity. Our crop research scientist already works with industry and partners with established research groups.
Your contribution will help trigger federal funding programs to allow this research to continue.
Together, let’s ensure the problem solvers, innovators, leaders and hard workers at Lakeland continue to benefit from the highest quality education and leadership opportunities.
If you want to learn more or find out how you can donate now, please contact Mike Christie, our advancement director: