KEMPTVILLE -- The Kemptville College Renewal Task Force has accepted the Municipality of North Grenville's offer to investigate a way to assist the transition of Kemptville Campus, (University of Guelph), into a revitalized Kemptville College.
The municipality will explore the possibility of obtaining ministerial consent under provincial law to operate Kemptville College on an interim basis for a period of three years.
"We very much welcome this decision by North Grenville council," Chesterville's Marty Derks, Vice-Chair of the Task Force, said last month.
"Provincial government support for this local solution will provide all stakeholders enough time to properly transition the Kemptville Campus to a long-term sustainable agricultural college for this part of Ontario."
"Ensuring a variety of programs are available for students will be essential," added Derks. "The Task Force is engaging other parties in discussions about the provision of programs which will meet the needs of the community and provide a sustainable economic base."
July 16 meeting
The Kemptville College Renewal Task Force invites community members to a town hall meeting to discuss next steps on Wed., July 16, 7 p.m. at the campus's WB George Centre.
That meeting is also expected to reveal details of four formal expressions of interest received May 28 concerning the college facilities, Task Force chairman Brian Carré told The AgriNews a day after opening the submissions. Though he couldn't yet disclose the pitches received, Carré described the respondents as "very high-level."
Now it's spring 2016
In another glimmer of hope, the Task Force also learned late last month that the University of Guelph now plans to operate some trades courses at the campus through the spring of 2016, delaying full closure by a year. The province recently gave the U of G a $2-million grant to accept another cohort of students in the trades this September. Some of those courses will last two years.