After more than a decade of planning, and several false starts along the way, Kwantlen University College Trades and Technology Centre was officially opened in Cloverdale.
The official opening ceremony was led by Kwantlen First Nation Chief Marilyn Gabriel and Kwantlen First Nations Drummers. Kwantlen President Skip Triplett welcomed dignitaries and a large crowd of guests and well wishers.
Premier Gordon Campbell spoke on behalf of the Provincial Government. He remarked that a million jobs will have to be filled in the next few years, and 700,000 of these will be in the trades and technology. Kwantlen College will have an important role in training people to fill these positions.
Hon. Kevin Falcon, the MLA for Cloverdale and Minister of Transportation, thanked the Premier for his committment to building the Cloverdale campus.
Russ Hiebert, MP for South Surrey – White Rock – Cloverdale, spoke on behalf of the federal government.
There were also addresses by Kathleen Casprowitz, chair of the board of governors of Kwantlen University College, and Guy Bouchard, who spoke on behalf of Kwantlen students.
The new Cloverdale campus will initially have an enrollment of 900 students. This will eventually grow to 2,900 students as the campus expands. The existing campus covers 25 acres, and there are another 50 acres owned by the college for future expansion.
The residents and business community of Cloverdale are delighted that the campus has finally been built, and look forward to a long and happy relationship with Kwantlen University College.