November 19th, 2014 ~ Vol. 84 No. 45
Lethbridge College may lose all offices
at the MDM Centre in Bellevue
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The municipality and Lethbridge College could be close to a lease agreement that will allow the institution to continue offering services in the Pass.
On Nov. 12, council discussed the potential agreement that would involve Lethbridge College, Adult Education, Adult Literacy and the municipal Community Services Department.
Under the agreement, Lethbridge College would lose all their offices in the MDM Centre. The college has no budget for leased space or staff so they’ve asked the Adult Education/Literacy program and the Department of Community Services to provide customer service on their behalf.
On the bright side, the college would supply the MDM Centre with supernet, which includes wireless services and hard lines.
“The college has a budget for IT,” says Lyle Hannan, director of Community Services. “So this is a way they can compensate the municipality for using various rentable spaces for their programs. The college will install IT to allow wireless supernet to the municipality. In turn, the municipality can have internet access and provide it to renters.”
The municipality would allow the college and the Adult Education/Literacy program free use of municipal facilities to offer programs. The college will be outfitting two rooms at the MDM Centre with video conferencing for joint use by all parties.
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“Adult Education and Adult Literacy would respond to general inquiries from the public, as would community services,” says Hannan. “Generally speaking this is about referring people to the college.”
In April, representatives from the college told council that they would not be renewing their old lease for space in the MDM Centre due to funding cuts and a shortage of demand for their programs.
Since that meeting, administration and the college have been in discussions, trying to reach an arrangement where the college’s services could remain in the Pass.
The college is leaving all of its office equipment and furniture in the lease space and would pay the municipality to dispose of any supplies that are not salvaged by the municipality.
The deal would also mean moving the Adult Education/Literacy program’s offices to the main floor of the MDM Centre and moving the Department of Community Services administration into the MDM Centre.
Hannan says the parties will put the new draft agreement on paper before it goes to the Parks and Recreation authority for approval.
The college relocated to the MDM Centre from the now demolished Crowsnest Centre in 2010 after signing a three-year lease that gave the college possession of nearly the entire second floor of the building.
November 19th ~ Vol. 84 No. 45
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