SFU Surrey and the City of Surrey have announced an exciting new partnership. While continuing to offer regular classes at SFU’s Surrey campus, SFU will expand its Lifelong Learning programs to the spectacular new 77,000sq ft City Centre Library— part of the new Surrey urban civic centre initiative which also includes SFU, City Centre Shopping Mall, Chuck Bailey Rec Center, and the coming City Hall.
For over forty years, SFU Continuing Studies has provided learning opportunities and services to thousands of British Columbians and visitors from around the world at its three Lower Mainland campuses.
From the first week of October, mature students will be able to take advantage of non-credit learning opportunities in SFU classrooms located in a spacious portion of Surrey’s City Centre Library’s fourth floor.
Demographics say that students are getting older, with more people returning to classrooms either to start a degree or further their higher education. With the SFU/City Centre Library partnership it will be that much easier to reach the general population with seniors programs, English language courses, conversation workshops, community engagement, later-life career transition programming, and a broad palette of arts and culture courses.
“We are very excited about the potential of this innovative community partnership,” says Dr. Helen Wussow, Dean of Lifelong Learning at SFU. “Surrey is one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in Canada and I think this is an unparalleled opportunity for the City of Surrey and SFU to meet the diverse educational needs of adult learners as well as the traditional college-age person.”
In a time when other municipalities are experiencing deep budget cuts in their continuing education programs, SFU and Surrey are breaking new ground as they grow their programming in cooperation with their subtenant— DiverseCity Community Resources Society, a registered not-for-profit agency since 1978 offering services and programs to the culturally diverse communities of the Lower Mainland, including assisting immigrants and new Canadians in their integration into new communities.
“We are your lifelong learning partner.” “From the very beginning of your post secondary all the way through to your seniors program at SFU Lifelong Learning” says SFU president, Andrew Petter.
City Centre Library, 10350 University Drive
near Surrey Central Skytrain station & North Surrey Rec Centre