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Keyano College extends thanks; Campuses have not sustained fire damage; Employees encouraged

Author: Matthew Harrison/Friday, May 06, 2016/Categories: Keyano College General

(Fort McMurray, AB – May 6, 2016) – Keyano College would like to extend a word of thanks to its partners and associates during the Fort McMurray wildfire emergency.

“I want to thank our colleagues at Alberta Advanced Education and at post-secondary institutions across the province and the country for their support and kind words,” said Dr. Tracy Edwards, Keyano College’s Interim President and Chief Executive Officer. “Today we had originally scheduled our 50th Convocation ceremony. That celebration has been postponed, but we will gather together in the future and celebrate our graduates’ achievements. It has been a challenging time, but with the generous outpouring of support and by working together, we are confident we will make it through this difficult time.”

In terms of infrastructure, both the Clearwater Campus, in downtown Fort McMurray, and the Suncor Energy Industrial Campus (SEIC), in Gregoire, have not sustained fire damage. Clearwater Hall (Purple Palace) downtown is housing firefighters and the SEIC is being used as a bunkhouse and staging area for emergency personnel who are working out of Fire Station 5.

The Keyano College network server has lost power. This affects access to our website, keyano.ca, and employee email. We are in the process of redirecting the keyano.ca address to an information page. This is expected to be ready later this evening. Relevant information will be shared via our social media accounts: @KeyanoCollege on Twitter, or Facebook at facebook.com/keyanocollege.

Keyano College Faculty and Staff are encouraged to share a personal email address and phone number so that we remain in contact with you and share relevant information updates about College operations. Please send that information to: keyano.staff@gmail.com.

There is no timeline for reopening of the College. College officials will follow direction of local authorities regarding this when the time is appropriate and will work with Government relative to business resumption.

Once business operations resume, information will be sent to students regarding changes of programming, rescheduling, and options moving forward. We appreciate your patience in this regard.

“I would like to thank all fire, police, and emergency personnel, who have worked heroically over the last several days to protect our community,” said Dr. Edwards, “Words cannot adequately express our thanks for all that you have done for Fort McMurray and the region.”

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