What is the history of Assiniboine Community College?


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Assiniboine Community College, originally named Brandon Vocational Training Centre, began in February of 1961. The Canadian community college, located in Brandon, Manitoba, changed its name to Assiniboine Community College in December of 1969 after three other vocational schools in the city became community colleges.

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Upon its founding, the college had a staff of four and enrolled a total of 24 students in two classes. Within five years, the college's enrollment grew to approximately 300 students and the school offered 11 programs. Additionally, the staff grew to 24 members. Over the next half century, the school grew to offer 40 certificate, diploma, advanced diploma and apprenticeship programs and enrolled over 2,800 students full-time. That number neared 11,000 students when factoring in part-time, off-campus and evening program students.

Starting in 2007, the college started a relocation process of its campus with new facilities at the former Brandon Mental Health Centre building. Three years later, the college opened the Lens Evans Centre for Trades and Technology. In 2013, ACC opened a sustainable greenhouse, which also houses the Horticultural Production and Sustainable Food Systems programs.

Additional campuses that lie in southern Manitoba include the Manitoba Institute of Culinary Arts, which houses programs such as those in culinary arts and hotel and restaurant management.

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