CÉGEP Heritage College is a publicly funded Anglophone CÉGEP in Western Québec. We are proud of our holistic approach to student and staff well-being, inclusive College culture, outstanding teaching, engaging co-curricular activities, strong Varsity Athletics programming, and state-of-the-art facilities. The College engages and empowers students and staff in transforming their lives and communities through a world-class educational experience. We offer eight (8) Technical programs and four (4) Pre-University programs that prepare students either for immediate entry into the labor force or for future study at university. In addition, we offer personal, professional, and Continuing Education evening courses for adults.
Our Student Association is very active, organizing activities and events throughout the year. There are a number of clubs that all students can join to explore various interests and make their CÉGEP experience more fun. CÉGEP Heritage College is one of 48 CÉGEPs (“Collège d'enseignement général et professionnel”) in the province of Quebec. We are located 10 minutes from downtown Ottawa in the heart of the National Capital Region, bordering scenic Gatineau Park.
English-language college education in the Outaouais region began as an offshoot of the CÉGEP de Hull (the present CÉGEP de l’Outaouais) with an initial enrolment of seven students.
In the Fall of that year, the enrolment of 215 and was housed in separate quarters, a renovated bowling alley on Eddy Street in Hull. Enrolment continued to increase until it became necessary to move again, this time, to the renovated École Ste-Marie on Maisonneuve Boulevard which included a gymnasium. Heritage Campus grew still larger until the Conseil d’administration of the CÉGEP de l'Outaouais, after re-assessing its involvement with English-language CÉGEP education, recommended that Heritage be linked to Champlain Regional College.
In September, with a student population of approximately 460, this burgeoning branch of the local French-language CÉGEP became officially known as Heritage Campus in recognition of the heritage building in which it was housed.
The Caldwell Committee established by Minister of Education, Camille Laurin, upheld this recommendation. The Minister, however, opted to introduce other structural and financial changes instead.
In January, Heritage Campus and its 650 students, moved again to the newly renovated school previously known as École secondaire Immaculée-Conception at 205 Laurier Street. This building included a gymnasium and laboratory facilities.
In July, dedicated involvement by the English-speaking community and Outaouais Alliance (now known as the Regional Association of West Quebecers) working for the development and improvement of English college education in this Region resulted in the creation of a fully autonomous College.
By this time, student enrolment had increased to the point that the existing College facilities were no longer adequate. Plans for expansion of the Laurier Street building were begun. It was soon apparent, however, that this proposal would not provide a long-term solution. The College needed much larger, more modern facilities, and a permanent home. In the years that followed, a site for the construction of new facilities was found and approved. A comprehensive consultation process helped to shape the building plans and specifications to the unique needs of the College community, resulting in the current site.
In October, with a student population of just over 900, the new Heritage College campus on Cité des Jeunes Boulevard was officially opened to the people of the Outaouais Region.
In November, a new wing was inaugurated which houses the College gymnasium/physical education complex and Centre for Continuing Education.
A new visual corporate identity is developed. The curved shape of the first stroke of the “H” is a link to the past, while the curve in the second stroke of the “H” represents the promise of the future. The horizontal stroke of the “H” provides the connection between the two, depicting the transition and continuity offered by the present. The warm gray and the golden yellow serve to illustrate the transition between the past and the future, thus supporting the symbolism of the curves which form the “H.”
The visual corporate identity is updated to include the word CÉGEP.
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), for the first time in its history, the College ends the Winter semester completely online in order to enable students to finish their year. A new responsive website was also launched.
After two long years, students and staff were pleased to head back to the Campus for the Winter 2022 semester as per the Ministry guidelines. Protocols remain in place with guidance from the CNESST’s directives.
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