For students at Humber College in Orangeville, services and amenities are gradually expanding at the school’s small satellite campus.
Joe Andrews, director of the Orangeville campus, housed in the Alder Street Recreation Complex, said Humber recently funded new facilities and more accessible services available for students studying there.
One of the amenities available for students is the athletic facility, which has been updated recently with two new ice rinks. There is a swimming pool and equipment available for student use and the community. The fitness program uses the space frequently.
The Orangeville campus has no nurse’s office or dental office available on-site. However, “there are walk-in clinics in the community… [reference to which is] provided in the student guide,” said Andrews. Full-time students also receive a Student Insurance Plan, which includes dental benefits through their student fees.
The library at Orangeville campus is available for students and the public. Andrews said there are reference media and computers are available
There is no student counsellor on campus which Liz Sokol, a counsellor at Humber North campus, said is due to illnesses.
“We can’t get a person [to Orangeville], we’re just very short staffed at the moment,” said Sokol.
A student would book an appointment at the front desk in Orangeville with the secretary who would connect to the front desk at the North campus and put the appointment in a counsellor’s calendar.
Then the student would come to the Orangeville office at the appointed time, and the secretary would connect that person with the counsellor in the North campus.
“Basically it’s just like Skype except, it’s WebEx… so we have a virtual appointment,” said Sokol.
“It’s helpful for students who need it. It’s a great resource to have,” said Pukky Famb a first year student at Humber.
Socially, students sometimes gather at nearby Hogeys Sports Bar on Adler Street.