Kemptville: local students face uncertain future

is an integral part of, then finish her degree in Guelph over three more years. In late fall of last year she was told her entire five-year program was moving to Guelph. “So they knew then Kemptville would be closing, but they weren’t telling us,” she said, look- ing back. Students weren’t informed until March 12, too late to get into most other colleges. “I don’t know. I’m just kind of lost right now. I’d planned to live at home. I don’t want to have to go to the city,” said Cole Simzer. “We did tours, we made plans, and there was no prior notice,» added Matthew Bouvier, who had applied for Diesel Mechanics. Colleen Shirley’s plans included two years at Algonquin College then Fleming College, working with farming resources. She is now going to Ridgetown. “But not in agriculture. This will be an environmental diploma,” she added. “And it’s not 45 minutes away, but seven hours.” Saphyre Langlois was enrolled in the fast track Diesel Mechanics two-year course and will now do a one-year welding course fol- lowed by a possible two more years at St. Lawrence College. “It’s a huge negative impact,” she said. “It’s farther away, a long drive, more money and more time as well.” Nicholas McLean was also going into the diesel apprenticeship program. “I might try


Russell students who planned to study at Kemptville College face an uncertain future. The University of Guelph has re- cently announced that it will close the Kemptville campus. And although a solu- tion may be in the works, nothing has yet been confirmed. Eight students from St. Thomas Aquinas High School and about 12 fromRussell High School had been accepted to Kemptville College beginning Fall 2014 but are now left scrambling for alternatives. Tamara Hamilton had planned to live at home for the two-year part of her Agricul- ture degree and work on the farm that she

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These STA students, Nicholas McLean, Matthew Bouvier, Cole Simzer, Christian Nyentap, Harry Wyss, Tamara Hamilton, Colleen Shirley, and Saphyre Langlois are some of the local students whose plans have been derailed by the announced closure of Kempville College. About 12 students from RHS are also affected.



Algonquin,” he said. “I have no firm plans right now.” Algonquin offers Level 2 diesel mechanics, but not the Heavy Duty Diesel program. Harry Wyss had planned to attend Heavy- Duty Diesel as a paid apprentice through the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program. He was told he now has to attend Guelph. “OYAP can’t pay me when I’m there,” ex- plained Wyss. “I didn’t apply anywhere else,

didn’t have to save money, and now I have to pull $7000 a year out of nowhere, live far away and take time off work.” Nicholas McLean was also going into the diesel apprenticeship program. “I might try Algonquin,” he said. “I’ll need to stay in resi- dence, which I didn’t want to do. I have no firm plans right now.” Christian Nyentap is in the same boat. “I don’t have anywhere else to go.”

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