Minister of Advanced Education speaks with college students

By Charles Lefebvre
September 10, 2018 - 5:08pm

MEDICINE HAT, AB — Medicine Hat College students had the opportunity to share their concerns with the province on Monday.

Marlin Schmidt, Minister of Advanced Education, stopped at the college Monday afternoon, spending time meeting with students and faculty.

“We’re doing a cross-province tour of campuses to kick off the new school year, and talk to students about the importance of higher education and what our province is doing to support higher education,” said Schmidt. “Also, we’re listening to students

Schmidt says affordability remains the biggest concern among students he’s spoken with, and Medicine Hat College is no exception. He says the tuition freeze across the province and additional funding for universities have helped students, but adds more work needs to be done, noting the tuition freeze is set to expire in 2019.

“This fall, we will be laying out our plan for the future of tuition, and laying out our plan to maintain affordability in higher education through the legislation we’ll be bringing forward through the fall session,” he said.

Last year, the province announced $175,000 a year for the next three years aimed at improving mental health services at Medicine Hat College, part of  $25.8 million in funding announced by the province last year.

Schmidt adds students spoke about the importance of having support of all kinds on campus.

“It’s not just counsellors, it’s not just peer support, it’s support for LGBTQ+ students, it’s support for Indigenous students,” he said. “There’s a lot of work that needs to be done to make sure that a campus is safe and inclusive for everyone, regardless of their background.”

Schmidt will be in Calgary on Tuesday for a funding announcement benefiting the University of Calgary’s veterinary program.

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