Holland College carries on the PWC name and tradition in education

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From left are Dr. Brian McMillan, college president; John Andrew, PWC alumni executive; Richard Brown, minister of environment, energy and forestry and Michael O'Grady, college's strategic development vice president.

For more than 200 years the name Prince of Wales College has been synonymous with education on P.E.I. and thanks to Holland College renaming its Charlottetown location Prince of Wales Campus that name will live in perpetuity, says John Andrew, president of the alumni executive for Prince of Wales College.

Andrew was among those attending a special renaming ceremony for Holland College in the school’s new Centre of Applied Science and Technology building Saturday. The expanded campus, two years in the making, will be officially opened in August, but school officials felt a special ceremony was needed for the renaming of the campus.

“Speaking on behalf of Prince of Wales Alumni, we are thrilled to see the name Prince of  Wales  perpetuated in the name of Holland College’s downtown campus,” Andrew said during a short talk.

There has been an educational facility on the site since Edward Fanning, the province’s second lieutenant governor, “granted two blocks of his own land to be used for the purpose of laying down the foundation of a college for the education of youth,” Andrew said. Since then, there has been National College, later to be named Prince of Wales College, which stood on the site until 1969 when it and Saint Dunstan’s University merged to become the University of Prince Edward Island. Holland College has occupied the site since 1969.

Michael O’Grady, vice president responsible for strategic development at the college, said the naming “recognizes the post secondary history that has occurred on this site and our immediate predecessor on this site was Prince of Wales College…and the naming is to recognize the importance and the long history of post secondary education on this site.”

“Speaking on behalf of Prince of Wales Alumni, we are thrilled to see the name Prince of Wales perpetuated in the name of Holland College’s downtown campus.” John Andrew, PWC Alumni Executive

The original PWC was located on land bordering Kent, Weymouth and Grafton Streets and in the past two years Holland College has expanded its campus one full city block to border on Edward Street and in so doing gobbled up a portion of Cumberland Street between Kent and Grafton Streets.

O’Grady explained the college is now an integrated two block campus “and the entire campus will be known as Prince of Wales Campus.”

“We will be welcoming students into the two new buildings and onto the new campus during the first week of September,” he said.

“The expansion will allow the school to accommodate approximately 280 additional students and we are expanding some existing programs and adding a couple of new programs – one of them in renewable energy technology and another in heritage carpentry retrofit.”

Province wide there are  about 2,600 students and in the fall there will be 1,600-1,700 students on the Prince of Wales Campus.

John Andrew of the alumni association, said his group is pleased that the architects of the new buildings, North 46, (founded by P.E.I. architect David Lopez and located in Charlottetown.) “have reached into the past to incorporate features of earlier (PWC) buildings into the new buildings.” The college also has plans to restore the original PWC main building that was built in the 1930s.


Organizations: Holland College, Prince of Wales College, National College Prince of Wales Campus Applied Science and Technology University of Prince Edward Island

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Kent, Saint Dunstan Edward Street Cumberland Street

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Recent comments

  • Norete Lopes
    July 31, 2011 - 17:38

    The Name of Architect North 46 David Lopes

  • John MacInnis
    July 31, 2011 - 09:58

    Prince of Wales College was for Protestant students, and Saint Dunstan's University was for Catholic students. I've been wondering if Sunni and Shiite Muslims are Islam's version of Catholics and Protestants. That might be an interesting analysis. I can't imagine Canadian students being separated by their particular genre of organized religion in modern times. That still goes on in some colleges and universities south of the border, but I think Canadian colleges and universities are all secular. I don't want the name Prince of Wales perpetuated, that doesn't thrill me at all. I want all connections to the royal family in Canada to be terminated.

  • Thaddeus Sholto
    July 31, 2011 - 09:57

    Saint Dunstan, why would UPEI change its name to Saint Dunstan's Campus? UPEI was formed by a merger of St. Dunstan's University and PWC so the current UPEI is actually the product of two institutions so it would be illogical to change its name St. Dunstan's Campus while ignoring the contribution of PWC. Holland College named its campus Prince of Wales Campus because PWC historically occupied the site Holland College now sits on. Of course you are implying there is an anti-Catholic bias at play here, but in reality you are just a moron trying to stir the pot.

  • Dave Mumbai
    July 31, 2011 - 09:42

    Speedy, maybe if you had tried some higher learning you would know that Brown grew up in the neighbourhood and is the MLA for the area so was there as the MLA, not as environment minister. There were also other politicians at the event from both levels of government. You Tories never seem to get anything right.

  • speedy
    July 31, 2011 - 06:59

    Another photo opp for Richard!!!!!! what has this story got to do with environment? I guess if you want to get re-elected you have to get your picture out to the public as often as you can.

  • Saint Dunstan
    July 31, 2011 - 06:47

    Now we should be considerate of all and rename the university campus of UPEI the Saint Dunstan Campus! Or does anti- catholicism live on on PEI?

    • Wally Meagher
      July 31, 2011 - 10:22

      I whole heartly second that motion. And remember the ire of the protestant community when the name PWC was dropped along with St dunstan at the time. As a former lower dorchester "eastender" Brown was never in the area other than maybe to a bootlegger visit. He can forget our vote next time.He is insesitive politicianan.

    • Ain't a Saint
      July 31, 2011 - 13:13

      Saint Dunstan...are you implying that calling one campus out of all the sites Holland College operates PWC campus is in somehow anti-catholic? You are displaying some real bias there big fellow.