A $10 million donation from The Barrett Family Foundation is giving Humber students the means to study in technology-related fields. The donation is the College’s largest private donation to date and was used to create the Barrett Family Foundation Access to Education & Skills Training Scholarship fund and the Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation (Barrett CTI).
Key features for the Barrett CTI include an active demonstration floor, mobile technology lab, collaborative learning spaces, maker spaces, a skills training room for mechatronics, and applied research and development facilities.
“Working with Humber is a natural fit,” says Bob Barrett, President and CEO of Polytainers Inc. and co-founder of The Barrett Family Foundation. “Our organizations have many shared values and we’re both committed to providing students with an education that will lead to meaningful jobs. We look forward to enhancing students’ experiences and interaction with technology.”
The Barrett Family Foundation was established by Bob and his wife, Francine Rouleau-Barrett, to support educational, environmental and humanitarian causes, as well as health and the arts.
“Humber College is grateful to Bob Barrett and Francine Rouleau-Barrett and The Barrett Family Foundation for their visionary support to build a leading-edge platform for innovation,” says Audrey McKinney, Chair of the Humber College Board of Governors. “This exceptional gift will further strengthen the College’s reputation in applied technology and engineering. We truly appreciate this investment in our students and their futures.”