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Brantford – The Education City?


 

I think there’s an interesting post-secondary education story in Brantford Ontario. The city, known as The Telephone City, is located 93km west and has a population of around 90,000. The city is not a suburb of Toronto and is poorly linked by public transit to Toronto.

The city does not have its own hometown post-secondary institution. Instead, the city has satellite campuses for three different out-of-town institutions.

Hamilton, where I live, is about 30km from Brantford. I am familiar with the city due to this proximity.

Brantford was hit hard by the last recession and it’s downtown was an eyesore I never thought the city would mend. During the past couple years, this has changed to a degree. I’ve read of the positive effects of Nipissing and Laurier’s satellite campuses. I recently visited the campuses and was impressed.

Nipissing’s campus offers Education degrees. Laurier offers a couple of liberal art degrees and is enjoying a large jump in applications this year.There is talk of an expansion of Mohawk College’s Brantford campus that could involve a move into Brantford’s downtown campus.

If Brantford continues to grow its post-secondary campuses, it is only a matter of time before Brantford becomes known as an education city. (If they get GO Transit service, these campuses could easily burst with GTA commuter students looking for a smaller undergraduate feel)

There are lessons in Brantford for both cities looking to invest in urban renewal and large urban universities which presently overcrowd their campuses.


 

Brantford – The Education City?

  1. Is Brantford even a city?

  2. I’m from Brantford and actually help run a church in the downtown area. It’s true that there is some distance to go, but the improvements that the schools have spurred in the downtown are drastic.

    It’s been frustrating over the years to have your city ignored but it’s time for Southern Ontario to really take notice of Brantford. Just sayin’ (wink)
    Dave

  3. Yes, Meghan, Brantford is a City.

  4. I actually didn’t think this specific situation that way. I feel that there may be a point in all of this. Delighted to be capable to get involved. Wish you luck.

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