Holland College opened its doors on September 2, 1969, welcoming 83 students enrolled in four programs. Since then, well over 40,000 people have taken full- and part-time courses and programs in order to acquire the skills and knowledge they needed to pursue their career goals, and another 60,000 learners have attended Adult Education, Language Training, and Continuing Education courses.
We have some exciting events planned for our anniversary, we'll continue to add information as soon as plans have been confirmed. Whether you were one of the first 83 students, just graduated this year, or are still a student, or you are a current or retired staff member, we hope that you will join in the celebrations.
With assistance from the President's Innovation Fund, we produced three videos celebrating Holland College.
The first is an anniversary message from founding president Dr. Donald Glendenning. You can watch it here.
We will release our second video, honouring our alumni, soon!
Here's a link to our 50th Anniversary YouTube playlist. You'll find an informational film from the late 1970s, and a recreation of an orientation manual from the 1980s.
Our third video will focus on Holland College's contributions to the provincial economy.
We are putting together a travelling display to celebrate our big 5-0! The display will include images from the past five decades. If you have a picture or two that you would like to share, please feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org!
ARE YOU A HOLLAND COLLEGE FAMILY?
If you have siblings, parents, children, even grandchildren who are also Holland College graduates or students, send us a picture of your Holland College family with an explanation. We’ll post them on the website and on Facebook.
We all have stories from our time at the college! If you have one that you would like to share, please feel free to contact email@example.com
Please note: this information is subject change as we confirm plans.
7 PM, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2019
FLORENCE SIMMONS PERFORMANCE HALL
Participants: Dr. Glendenning, Fred Hyndman, Henry Purdy
Moderator: Dr. Tim McRoberts, Director, Canada's Smartest Kitchen
Opening remarks by Holland College President Dr. Sandy MacDonald
How do you build a college from the ground up? Without a blueprint to guide them, the college’s first staff members researched and discussed various delivery models, visited other colleges to see what was available to adapt, and eventually developed the model for Holland College. The team was committed to creating a college of applied arts and technology as opposed to a “Junior College”. Dr. Donald Glendenning, founding president of Holland College, will be joined on stage by Fred Hyndman, a member of the College Planning Committee, and Henry Purdy, one of the first instructors at the college, to discuss the development of the college. The trio will talk about the trials and triumphs throughout the development process, and even throw in a few choice stories along the way! There will be an opportunity for alumni and retired Holland College staff and faculty to step up to the mic and share their stories from “back in the day”, too.
7 PM, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2019
Third Floor, Centre for Applied Science and Technology
Prince of Wales Campus
Participants: Larry Coffin, retired Holland College instructor and CBE specialist; Marylou Griffin-Jenkins, Manager- Curriculum Services; Andrew MacLaine, Learning Manager, Child and Youth Care Worker program; and Chris Arsenault, Learning Manager, Computer Networking Technology.
Moderator: Kim Gillis, Curriculum & Instructional Consultant
Competency-based education (CBE) measures students’ progress by focusing on the demonstration of skills as opposed to abstract knowledge. CBE was an integral component in the approach to education for the Island’s new community college, and 50 years later it is still an important element of the college’s curriculum development and delivery. How different is our approach to CBE now? This discussion will delve into the origins of CBE and how it has changed over the years.
BUILDING A COLLEGE PRESENCE ACROSS PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
SUMMERSIDE WATERFRONT CAMPUS
Participants: Justin Dunn, Director of Facilities Management, others TBD
Moderator: Wayne Young, retired Journalism instructor
In its first year of operation, Holland College shared space in the former Prince of Wales College building with the equally new University of Prince Edward Island. Since that time, Holland College has established campuses and centres across the Island – in former armed forces facilities, brand new, award-winning purpose-built structures, and even an aging mall. Justin Dunn (and others TBD) discuss the challenges of maintaining almost 500,000 square feet in buildings across the province, and how leveraging federal and provincial funding has enabled the college to continue to provide learning spaces and shops that meet the needs of students in more than 65 programs.
ATLANTIC POLICE ACADEMY INTERACTIVE TOUR
Atlantic Police Academy, Slemon Park
Hosted by Forrest Spencer, Executive Director
The first squad of the Atlantic Police Academy started their training on February 15, 1971 in the Charlottetown Centre of Holland College. The 15 students, 12 males and three females, were enrolled in the new Police Science (Cadet) program. Now located in Slemon Park, the Atlantic Police Academy expanded its full-time program offerings and has delivered in-service training to thousands of law enforcement professionals over the last 48 years. Join us at the Atlantic Police Academy for an interactive tour.
HOLLAND COLLEGE: VISION FOR THE FUTURE
FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2019
FLORENCE SIMMONS PERFORMANCE HALL
Speaker: Dr. Alexander (Sandy) MacDonald, President of Holland College
During the 50th Anniversary Lecture Series we have celebrated the college’s roots and history, explored centres and campuses, and examined how the founding principles of the college are still relevant today. In this final lecture, Dr. Sandy MacDonald will share his vision for the future of Holland College. This presentation will be followed by a reception.
As part of our year-long celebration, 50th Anniversary Golden Endowment Fund has been established through the Holland College Foundation. The purpose of this special fund is to support student learning, primarily through financial aid. If you would like to make a gift to the 50th Anniversary Golden Endowment Fund please follow this link.