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Alberta Budget 2022 moves MHC forward
February 25, 2022
Medicine Hat College (MHC) is receiving Alberta’s 2022 budget announcement with optimism according to Kevin Shufflebotham, president & CEO.
“Yesterday’s announcement is favourable for Medicine Hat College,” he says. “We are aware of the government’s commitment to a post-secondary system that aligns to the workplace and we’ve worked hard to ensure our own plans support access to programs that lead to jobs.”
Shufflebotham explains that Alberta Budget 2022 will focus on access to learning in areas like technology, energy, and health care. The budget also references investment in Work Integrated Learning (WIL), the creation of microcredentials, and training opportunities for Indigenous Peoples. He says MHC is on the right track today, and is well positioned to respond in the future.
“In just a few weeks we’ll complete a major expansion and renovation project that enhances capacity in health simulation. We’re also planning to welcome more students in the Practical Nurse program, and will have a new apprenticeship-style program in Data Analytics ready for students in 2023.”
This growth is in addition to other new programs, including Service Dog & Canine Studies Management, Sport & Event Marketing and Management, and Sustainable Innovation, which will welcome students this September.
“Many people will have seen the construction of our health, wellness and athletics expansion as they drive by the college,” says Shufflebotham. “Among MHC’s steps forward are spaces and enhanced supports for Indigenous students. The space is designed with Indigenous tradition and culture in mind, and we look forward to welcoming the entire community on campus to engage in learning and celebration.”
WIL is another area where MHC is aligned to the expectations of students, employers, and the province.
“A good example of Work Integrated Learning can be found in our health programs,” he explains. “Nurses, practical nurses, and paramedics all spend significant time in the field working with patients under the supervision of seasoned professionals. We’re steadily expanding WIL opportunities across our programs.”
With regards to provincial funding, the Operating and Program Support-Base Grant for MHC will decrease by $183,794, which is less than one percent, while the grant for capital maintenance will decrease by 33%, or $673,879.
This budget announcement provides the data needed for the college to continue developing its budget for the next fiscal year, which begins on July 1, 2022.