According to Conestoga’s recently released Business Plan, the 2022-2023 fiscal year will be a period of substantial development and transition as the college enhances capacity to help address critical talent shortages affecting businesses and communities across Ontario.
“There are challenges and opportunities ahead as Ontario works towards post-pandemic social and economic recovery,” said President John Tibbits. “Conestoga has a key role to play in addressing workforce needs and preparing a new generation of highly qualified workers to serve our communities and the Province of Ontario.”
The plan identifies key initiatives under the three strategic goals of Quality, Capacity and Sustainability.
Among the many initiatives and focus areas for the 2022-2023 plan are:
- Launch of a new Talent Development Hub that will enhance the scale and quality of employment and career services available for students, graduates and community members.
- Continued expansion of health care programming to help address Ontario’s urgent need for additional qualified workers to address care needs in home and community care, hospitals and long-term care homes.
- Opening of a new Skilled Trades campus in Cambridge as well as expansion of the Downtown Kitchener campus and continued development of plans for the establishment of a campus to serve the Milton community.
- Continued efforts to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon footprint across all college operations as we explore new opportunities to help address global issues associated with climate change.
The full report is available on the Conestoga website. It was approved by the college’s Board of Governors on June 20, 2022.
The annual Business Plan is part of Conestoga’s planning, reporting and accountability process. Built on the context provided by the college’s Strategic Plan and Strategic Mandate Agreement, it identifies themes and activities for the upcoming year as Conestoga works towards the realization of its vision for leadership in applied learning and research.