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A celebration of education:
Provincial Minister visits Trent

On Wednesday, November 13, the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, Dianne Cunningham, came to Trent to celebrate the University’s new School of Education and Professional Learning.

Ms. Cunningham arrived at Otonabee College just before 2:30 p.m. and was able to view the Build 2000 construction project with President Bonnie Patterson.

The program of the official celebration event, held in the Native Studies Lounge, included remarks by the School of Education’s Director, Dr. Deborah Berrill; MPP Gary Stewart; President Patterson; and Ms. Cunningham.

Everyone involved expressed support and enthusiasm for the new School and its mandate to support principles that lead to excellence in education for all students.

"Trent University has a long history of involvement in education, including many years of work with Queen's University in Kingston," said Cunningham. "The new school will provide further opportunity and choice in university programs to the Peterborough area, as well as assist in ensuring a continuous supply of well-qualified teachers for Ontario's schools."

"Trent's new School of Education and Professional Learning will carry on a century-old Peterborough tradition of teacher preparation and teacher development," said President Patterson. "It will provide a response to the changing demographics in the teaching profession at the local, regional, provincial and national levels. And it will complement the government's on-going strategy to renew the public education system. I know that the program is going to be an outstanding success."

Posted November 14, 2002

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