November 29, 2023

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First day of faculty additionally means model new area for some Huron South space college students

First day of faculty additionally means model new area for some Huron South space college students

College students are heading again to class on Tuesday and for some college students in Kitchener’s Huron South space, they’re strolling right into a model new faculty.

Oak Creek Public College might be residence to virtually 600 college students within the space, which has seen vital progress lately.

“Standing out right here, [the area] remains to be beneath building, it is nonetheless being developed,” Jeff Johnson, the college’s principal, informed CBC Kitchener-Waterloo’s The Morning Version.

Johnson mentioned the college is welcoming new households who’ve simply moved to the realm, in addition to different newcomer households. The college can be drawing college students from close by public colleges, together with Janet Metcalfe Public College.

“Our college neighborhood might be fairly various and we won’t wait to get to know them,” he mentioned.

The purpose is for the college to be a “strolling faculty” as properly, Johnson provides, the place college students stroll, roll or bike as a substitute of taking transportation.

The college has been within the making for the reason that Waterloo Area District College Board obtained funding for the construct in 2018. It is additionally residence to a brand new child-care centre and the new Metropolis of Kitchener Group Centre.

A rainbow chalk drawing on the sidewalk in front of a childcare centre.
Oak Creek Public College in Kitchener can be residence to a brand new child-care centre and a brand new Metropolis of Kitchener Group Centre. (Carmen Groleau/CBC)

A contemporary tackle lecture rooms

Johnson mentioned the college board took a contemporary method to the design of the area with a number of pure mild, wider hallways and a normal openness to lecture rooms and customary areas.

Johnson factors out a few of the foremost options of the category, which embody move desks to make it simpler for college kids to group up and transfer round, whiteboards which might be set to the peak of scholars and new flat display screen TVs within the classroom as a substitute of projectors.

“There actually is not an supposed ‘entrance of the classroom,” he mentioned, including there is no such thing as a instructor desk both. 

“There are instructor workstations and many desk area, however that desk area goes for use to facilitate studying, conferencing and dealing in small teams.”

Johnson mentioned attending to know his college students and their households might be a central half to creating new connections this 12 months. 

“I am simply actually excited to begin and construct that neighborhood really feel right here at Oak Creek,” he mentioned.