Move will allow Eastern College to spread out


The new campus will boast 20 new classrooms, more student spaces, and access to the mall food court and shopping. Photo credit: Amy Crofts

Eastern College’s Halifax campus is set to move into its new home at the West End Mall by the end of February.

The campus has been located at Garrison Place on Dresden Row in downtown Halifax for the past 20 years. But the school needs more space and easier access to transportation.

“As far as accessibility goes, it makes sense for us to move,” said Rob Wetmore, manager of the Halifax campus. He says the new campus will offer more space to accommodate larger class sizes, better access to public transit and free parking.

Free parking is what Ryan Brothers, a 19-year-old paralegal student, is most looking forward to.

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Eastern College is moving from its downtown location to a new home at the West End Mall, which includes better parking.

“Well, I live in Lawrencetown, so it’s quite a drive already,” he said. Brothers makes a 45-minute commute to the city to attend classes daily. Parking at Spring Garden Place sets him back $164 a month. For a student, this could mean a quarter of a month’s rent, three weeks of groceries, or a textbook or two for class.

Eastern College will occupy one-third of the 6,039 sq. m ground floor, formerly part of the Bay department store. The new campus will allow for ample expansion of Eastern College’s largest campus, with 600 students.

“The space was a clean slate, so it was designed from the ground up to be a school,” says Wetmore. “It’s being designed with students in mind.”

This will be Eastern College’s first wireless campus. Wetmore says wireless will allow for more creativity within classrooms and the creation of multiple “break-out spots” for studying.

Twenty classrooms, a student lounge and two computer labs will be located on one floor.

Cheryl Custance, 47, finds the idea of a single-floor plan appealing, considering classrooms are spread over four floors in the current building.

“I may get to see some people I don’t normally run into unless I stop at a different floor,” she said. As a student of the medical administration program, Custance’s classes may be on the sixth or second floors, while the student common area is on the first floor.

Eastern College has locations in Dartmouth, Saint John, St. John’s, Fredericton, Moncton and Charlottetown.

The Halifax campus offers programs in business, information technology, human resources, public relations, medical office assistance, paralegal and criminology.

Construction began in fall 2011 and classes will be moved to the new building by early March at the latest.


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