Assiniboine Community College celebrated the grand opening of its newest learning space, the Centre for Creative Media, Thursday evening (Jan 12).
A media release states, "While renovations were completed in early 2022, the college marked the opening of the space with an event that welcomed community members, industry partners, project donors, alumni, students and staff.
"We are thrilled to showcase this new innovative space alongside our community and industry partners," said Mark Frison, President at Assiniboine. "It's an important space for the college and a big step in our continued growth. We are grateful to the many generous contributors to this project and the ongoing support we have received to continue to provide exceptional learning experiences for students."
The Centre for Creative Media, located at the Victoria Avenue campus in Brandon, is a 10,050 sq. ft. multi-functional space that includes a classroom for students working on post-production alongside a dedicated screening area with a high-end projector and sound system.
"Assiniboine's Centre for Creative Media will have a unique and positive impact on Manitoba's vibrant digital media industry," said the Honourable Dan Vandal, Minister for PrairiesCan. "The Centre will create opportunities for students to connect with professionals and develop industry-relevant skills as they prepare to enter the workforce. Through this federal investment, we are supporting new partnerships between industry and academia made possible by the Centre for Creative Media."
Prairies Economic Development Canada (PrairiesCan) leads in building a strong, competitive Canadian economy by supporting innovation and economic development. Their $2.2 million in funding for the Centre for Creative Media demonstrates this commitment.
"A dedicated creative space allows students to train on some of the most up-to-date technology in the industry," said Jana, Chairperson of Media and Office Technology at Assiniboine. "It will provide students with the necessary skills and confidence to succeed in a fast-paced and evolving industry."
In fall 2021, the college launched three new programs - Media & Communications, Digital Art & Design and Web & Interactive Development. These programs are the primary users of the new Centre and can welcome up to 60 students each year.
"Getting the chance to work and learn in the new state-of-the-art Centre for Creative Media space has been an amazing and fun experience," said Nicole Wruth, Media & Communications Student at Assiniboine. "It makes you feel like you are a part of something bigger, dreaming bigger and working harder. It feels like the real deal, and most importantly, your creativity isn't limited when you have great equipment and studio space at your fingertips. Your environment is everything."