TORONTO, ON – Humber College has made the difficult decision to close its Orangeville Campus at the end of June 2021. This date aligns with the end of the Spring 2021 semester and Humber’s lease agreement at the Alder Recreation Complex. Along with the campus’ net operating loss in the past few years, ongoing enrolment challenges, increasing operating costs and recent reductions in tuition revenue are all contributing factors to Humber’s decision.
Current Orangeville students will have the opportunity to complete their programs. Students who began their studies in Fall 2019 will be the Orangeville campus’ last cohort. For students applying to Humber for Fall 2020, Orangeville will not be listed as a campus choice on the Ontario College Application Service. The Orangeville campus’ two full-time staff members will be offered new roles as of 2021. The college will also work to identify potential employment opportunities for part-time and contract employees at our other campuses.
“Over the years, we have been grateful to have a supportive partner in the Town of Orangeville. We will make every effort to support all individuals who are impacted by this decision,” said Chris Whitaker, president, Humber College. “Humber will continue to provide local learners with online learning and corporate training. We will also continue to partner with local school boards to deliver dual credit programming for the remainder of the 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic years.”
Local learners are also able to access postsecondary programming at Georgian College’s Orangeville campus. As a result of Humber’s decision, Georgian will begin offering Social Service Worker and Early Childhood Education programs at its Orangeville campus in Fall 2020. These two programs are currently offered by Humber in Orangeville.
“I’d like to thank the Town of Orangeville for its support and commitment throughout our relationship. The Town has always been welcoming to our students and employees, and the Alder Street Complex is both a place of learning and a home away from home,” said Joe Andrews, principal, Orangeville Campus. “Our work now is to ensure our last two graduating classes are career-ready and prepared for the workforce of the future.”
Humber first signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Town of Orangeville to establish a satellite campus in 2005. This year, there are 205 full-time students studying in four programs. This represents approx. 0.7 per cent of Humber’s total full-time student population.
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