Enhancing the student experience

- February 23, 2018

Michael Hoffort (FCC President and CEO), Faith Matchett (Vice-President Operations, Atlantic and Eastern Ontario, FCC) and Dean David Gray. (Provided photo)
Michael Hoffort (FCC President and CEO), Faith Matchett (Vice-President Operations, Atlantic and Eastern Ontario, FCC) and Dean David Gray. (Provided photo)

Farm Credit Canada (FCC) continues to enhance the student experience on the Dalhousie Agricultural campus.

FCC representatives recently gifted $100,000 to the Faculty of Agriculture to support the new Student Learning Commons (SLC) currently under construction on the Agricultural Campus. This facility will provide students with a social gathering place at the heart of campus, spaces for collaboration and meetings, video-conferencing capabilities, individual study rooms, access to meditation and multi-cultural space and facilities for student-led events.

In addition FCC has committed to provide FCC software for student use in the classroom valued at $37,500 and $15,000 per year to support student-focused campus activities such as student orientation, workshops and events. The total value of their gift over the next 3 years is $182,500.

“We are proud of the generous support FCC has and continues to provide to our students,” said Dean David Gray. “As future leaders in agriculture, science and agri-food, students must have access to spaces that are collaborative and supportive. We look forward to our new Student Learning Commons being another attractive feature for students.”

A central, student-oriented campus space is highly anticipated by the student body and thanks to the commitment of donors like FCC, the SLC is due to be completed in Spring 2018.

FCC has generously supported student achievement, spaces and experiences on the Agricultural Campus for many years.

“University agriculture programs are innovation hubs that serve and support Canadian Agriculture,” said Faith Matchett, VP operations for FCC.  “We are very proud to have such a strong partnership with Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Agriculture. Dalhousie alumni, students, faculty and staff are foundational to the continued growth, innovation and success of Agriculture in Atlantic Canada.”

FCC is Canada’s leading agriculture lender, with a healthy loan portfolio of more than $33 billion. FCC employees are dedicated to the future of Canadian agriculture and its role in feeding an ever-growing world. FCC provides flexible, competitively priced financing, management software, information and knowledge specifically designed for the agriculture and agri-food industry. Profits are reinvested back into agriculture and the communities where customers and employees live and work.


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