Douglas College welcomed the new school year with a funding boost.
The New Westminsterbased college received $661,000 as part of the provincial government's investment in B.C.'s postsecondary infrastructure this year.
The money will go toward upgrading campus facilities, including upgrades to the fire protection systems in the college's library, says a provincial government media release.
The college and government also announced recently that $500,000 in one-time funding will be used to offer short-term training in the region. The college expects to create seats in a variety of fields over the coming year, the release states.
The Douglas College Foundation and alumni have gone online to raise money for student aid.
Thanks to the donation of a Mercedes-Benz battery-operated car by a Douglas College employee, the foundation is seeking donations online via Indiegogo. If the foundation reaches its goal of $5,000, it will donate the car to Ronald McDonald House for Sick Children, according to a media release from Hazel Postma.
The foundation only needs 500 people to donate $10 each - or 250 people to donate $20 - to reach the goal. the money goes to a bursary covering all tuition and books for one full-time student for a year.
Visit www.indiegogo. com/douglascollege,to make a donation, and for more information.