Steve Brabant is the general director of Cégep de l'Outaouais.
The Asticou Center is on the one hand one of the only buildings available whose rooms meet the functions we are looking for, that is to say that it is an old multipurpose building.
A quote from Steve Brabant, general director of Cégep de l'Outaouais
The Cégep would have access to 32 classes and in total, around 200 students could have classes at the Asticou Center.< /p>
There are still many elements to plan to ensure a successful start to the school year, including modalities, particularly educational and technical. For example, taking charge of the entire computer network, the layout of classrooms, the furniture, the adaptation of certain spaces also to meet our needs, explains Mr. Brabant.
He claims that the MESQ would finance the temporary relocation.
By email, the ministry confirms having been informed of the space needs expressed by the Cégep and is working with the latter on different solutions, without however mentioning the Asticou Center.
The office of the Minister of Higher Education Pascale Déry adds that as the solution has not yet been confirmed, we are not able to comment on a possible cost or a possible financial participation.
The president of the Cégep de l'Outaouais teachers' union is concerned about the temporary relocation of certain programs.
Technical courses will be given at Asticou, but everything that is general education, French, physical education, English or philosophy [for example], will probably be given at the Gabrielle-Roy campus which is [near] two kilometers away, believes Christian Bernier.
He questions the logistics of the project.
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Christian Bernier is the president of the teachers' union at Cégep de l'Outaouais.
Will there be shuttles planned? Many students have vehicles, but not all. There are buses that pass there, but are the routes or schedules working well? It raises questions.
A quote from Christian Bernier, president of the teachers' union at Cégep de l'Outaouais
We have students with special needs who benefit Services. These services are installed on campuses, so there are well-established professionals and support staff. Are there going to be people permanently [at the Asticou Center] to provide these services?, continues the president of the union.
Mr. Bernier believes that the use of the Asticou Center is attributable to a lack of long-term planning.
We lack a bit of cohesion and long-term perspective in the way we think about the development of higher education in Outaouais. We have a shortage of higher education programs. What is added is always piecemeal, one or two programs here and there, while we are missing almost forty in the region, he explains. It would take a plan with a lot of scope and more thought out in the long term to have less need to move people to bring them back.
The federal government plans sell the Asticou Center located in the Hull sector of Gatineau by the end of 2026.
The general director of Cégep de l'Outaouais says he is developing an opportunity file to recommend to the Quebec government to acquire it and convert it into a multifunctional campus to absorb the demographic increase of Cégep de l'Outaouais and to meet the critical housing needs in our region.
Public Service and Procurement Canada (PSPC) did not respond to our request interview.