New Student Housing Projects Announced for Coast Mountain College in Terrace

Melanie Mark - Sep 6 2019 -1

The provincial government has announced funding for new affordable on-campus student housing at Coast Mountain College's Terrace campus.

Advanced Education Minister Melanie Mark said Victoria is contributing 18.7-million dollars toward the project, with the college contributing the remaining one million.

The money will be used to construct two new three-storey housing buildings, which will replace four obsolete buildings, creating 108 beds.

Mark said the need for student housing was made very clear to her by the Student Resident Advisory Committee, as well as the college's board and executive.

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[PHOTO:    BC Advanced Education Minister Melanie Mark at Coast Mountain College --  Hillary Johnson/CFTK]


She says their message was "We want student housing at Coast Mountain College!!  And I heard you! We're Here!!!  18 million, congratulations Coast Mountain College, thank you for your advocacy, I'm so proud of you and to all the students, have a great week back, I hope it's off to a great start!"

Nicole Halbauer, who chairs the Coast Mountain College Board, said a former student herself, coming from a First Nations community, she knows first hand how important it is to have a secure home-away-from-home.

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[PHOTO:    Coast Mountain College Board Chair Nicole Halbauer --  Hillary Johnson/CFTK]

"When you have a modern, comfortable place to live, your confidence increases and it allows you to focus on your studies and achieve great things; at Coast Mountain College, we truly want students to be their best selves, and we want them to succeed in their programs and courses so they will succeed in the workforce and succeed in society and succeed when they leave here, knowing that we were a part of that success," she said.

The new housing project was designed with First Nations consultation.

Mark says construction is expected to start next summer, with completion in fall of 2021.

[Reported by Hillary Johnson]