Lakehead University marks 10 years in Orillia today(THURS) with a golf tournament, followed by a birthday party and barbeque at the University Avenue campus(4:30-7 pm).
Principal Dr. Kim Fedderson says Lakehead opened its doors in Orillia in fall 2006 at Heritage Place, where city hall is also located.
At that time, there were about 100 students and a handful of staff, and the programs offered were education and arts and science.
The 85 acre campus opened in September, 2010 and Lakehead has grown to just under 1,500 students.
Lakehead continues to offer its education program at Heritage Place and Fedderson says being in the downtown is part of Lakehead's commitment to community development in Orillia.
Besides 200 to 400 students going to shops and restaurants downtown, they also take part in various community projects with the library and various social service agencies and the schools.
Most of the students at Lakehead Orillia are from the regional area, 30 per cent come from across Canada, while international students became part of the picture last year.
Looking down the road, Fedderson says the partnership with Georgian College is critical.
He says the schools are putting together a 20 year plan for integrated programming--diplomas and degrees--that will be offered at Georgian and Lakehead.
That begins next fall with an environmental sustainability program and an electrical engineering program.
As for the Lakehead campus, Fedderson says the plan is to grow to somewhere between 5,000 and 7,000 students and fully occupy the site based on student demand.
The public is invited to the birthday part and barbecue, though you must register online: https://www.lakeheadu.ca/about/orillia-campus/10th-anniversary