VIDEOS – St. Constant’s college and university campus becomes permanent
The permanent presence of Cégep de Valleyfield and Université du Québec à Montréal, opening its doors in 2021, is another step for citizens who want to study nearby. their place of residence.
On November 18, several dignitaries and stakeholders attended the Saint-Constant rue Saint-Pierre campus to formalize the institution’s status. The infrastructure works, including the installation of the first floor and the relocation of the old library, were carried out over three years. Their total expenses amounted to 3.3 million dollars.
A class can have about thirty students. (Photo: Le Reflet – Denis Germain)
Director Mark Remillard noted that “in all surveys of the factors that young people prefer when choosing a university, choice of study program is clearly the number one choice, while proximity to residence comes in second place.” Cégep de Valleyfield General.
According to him, achieving the creation of a permanent educational center in the center of the city of Saint-Constant is a “solid achievement” so that the people of the region can get higher education close to their homes.
La Prairie MP Alain Therrien started the process when Mayor Jean-Claude Boyer entered politics. During the press conference, the mayor told how this project started with inspiration.
“When Alain shared with me the need for post-secondary education in the region, I jumped on board, he explained. “Education is important to St. Constant.”
Alain Therrien and Jean-Claude Boyer. (Reflection – Denis Germain)
Moreover, he mentioned that with the addition of UQAM to the educational center, it is possible to take an educational course at all levels without even leaving Saint-Constant.
For her part, Sanguinet MP Christine Fréchette emphasized that the new school could be the start of an “ecosystem” in Saint-Constant.
As for Madga Fusaro, rector of UQAM, she welcomes this cooperation, which will be beneficial for future generations.
“With this modernized campus, UQAM strengthens its presence in Montérégie and works towards its core mission of promoting access to university education for a growing population with training needs. “The university intends to strengthen itself in the society by cooperating with various research projects and surrounding municipalities, organizations and enterprises.”
Common room. (Photo: Le Reflet – Denis Germain)
Dahiana Guzman is one of those special education technician students who can take classes within 30 minutes of her home.
“I was going back to school, but the universities and CEGEPs were all far away, especially because it was expensive with parking and travel costs,” he says. Time CEGEP [Valleyfield] It appeared in St. Constance, it was easier and cheaper.
CEGEP’s smaller size gives it better access to teachers, he argues.
“We know them, they are not only teachers, they are people who are a part of our lives,” he stressed.
After working from home for a long time, the Saint-Rémi resident has also made new friends in a profession that appeals to him.
The college programs offered are humanities, special education techniques and the Diplôme d’études collégiales (DEC) track. Also available are college certifications in computerized accounting, applied office automation, and human resource management support agent.
For the university level, UQAM offers certificates in management, accounting, early childhood education and human resource management.
More than 600 students have been enrolled since the training center was established, including 250 in 2021 and 260 in 2022.
The building consists of 12 classrooms, a library and two study rooms.
According to the campus management, contracts have been signed with neighboring municipalities to be able to use some sports facilities, especially for physical education classes.
The Ministry of Education gave permission in 2018 and the work started in 2019. The first university cohort was introduced in 2021.