Eves government announces $2.9 million for Sarnia's Lambton College Skills Training Program

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Eves government announces $2.9 million for Sarnia's Lambton College Skills Training Program

SARNIA, ON, April 11 /CNW/ - The Ernie Eves government awarded the first five Strategic Skills Investment (SSI) funding recipients of 2003 for a total investment of $12.3 million, Enterprise, Opportunity and Innovation Minister Jim Flaherty announced today. The total value of the projects with industry and educational partners' contributions is estimated at $52.5 million.
SSI is a $130 million multi-year grant program, providing start-up funding for business-led training partnerships that increase the number of people with critical skills. The program funds the best projects that develop forward-looking skills and support collaborations between business and training providers.
"A skilled labour force plays a significant role in improving Ontario's economic climate," said Flaherty. "The benefits of investing in training are endless. Our businesses remain at the forefront of their respective industries, while Ontario continues to be one of the most prosperous jurisdictions in North America."
The SSI funding of $2.9 million will help Lambton College's Centre of Excellence for Process Manufacturing with project expansion and systems infrastructure costs. The centre will deliver training focusing on specialized skills in process plant operations and industrial maintenance, including instrumentation and control through the centre's expanded laboratory facilities.
"The Ontario government has provided this funding to ensure that industry has access to the trained human resources needed to be competitive," said Tony Hanlon, President of Lambton College. "With SSI funding and significant industry and community support, Lambton College will provide skilled graduates to the manufacturing sector. Lambton will offer a variety of ways to acquire this post secondary accreditation, with e-learning and applied research being integral to the programs."
"Our government is proud to be partnering with Lambton College for this important project," said Marcel Beaubien, MPP for Lambton-Kent-Middlesex. "This centre is a perfect example of industry and government working together to address the training needs of the manufacturing sector. In creating these partnerships, the centre will be a valuable contribution to Ontario's continued economic success."
Other funding recipients include Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology, Durham College and University of Ontario Institute of Technology, and McMaster University and Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology for a joint program.
To date, the SSI program has funded 48 innovative partnerships, which includes partnerships with 526 companies and 67 business associations and organizations. In addition, 72 community and economic clusters participated in approved projects across Ontario. This represents a total of $323 million in skills training projects critical to business competitiveness.

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GOVERNMENT INVESTS $12.3 MILLION IN STRATEGIC SKILLS PROJECTS

The Ernie Eves government awarded the first five Strategic Skills Investment (SSI) funding recipients of 2003 for a total investment of $12.3 million. The recipients are Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology, Lambton College of Applied Arts and Technology, Durham College and University of Ontario Institute of Technology, and McMaster University and Mohawk College for a joint program.

About the SSI Program

SSI is a $130 million multi-year grant program that provides start-up funding for business-led training partnerships to increase the number of people with critical skills.
To date, the SSI program has funded 48 innovative partnerships, representing $323 million in skills training projects critical to business competitiveness. Business and training partners committed about $241 million of that investment. They represent:

- over 526 business partnerships and 67 business organizations;
- about 43 colleges, universities and private training educators; and
- 72 community and economic clusters across Ontario.

Durham College of Applied Arts and Technology and the University of
Ontario Institute of Technology: Integrated Manufacturing Centre

The Integrated Manufacturing Centre (IMC) will provide industrial grade
manufacturing facilities with advanced technologies and provide industry-
relevant training to students and current workers who need to upgrade
their skills. By 2006, the IMC expects to train 290 diploma and degree
students per year, along with 250 re-skilling and contract-training
students.

The Centre received close to $2.1 million, which will be used to support
the purchase of manufacturing and automation equipment, and related
engineering and integration services. The total value of the project is
estimated at $14.7 million.

Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning:
Manufacturing and Automation Training Centre for Canada's Technology
Triangle

The Centre will provide project-based learning to bring students and
technical challenges together in real-world situations. The project will
increase the supply of highly skilled versatile workers for local
industries by 330 persons over the next five years with 150 new graduates
each year thereafter.

Conestoga College received $2.5 million for its Manufacturing and
Automation Training Centre for Canada's Technology Triangle to support
project expansion and systems infrastructure costs. The total estimated
value of the project is $11.2 million.

Lambton College of Applied Arts and Technology: Centre of Excellence for
Process Manufacturing

The SSI $2.9 million investment for the Centre will be used to support
the project expansion and systems infrastructure costs. Lambton College
will deliver new courses focusing on specialized skills in process plant
operations and industrial maintenance.

In addition, the Centre will provide resources to develop e-learning
modules designed to deliver workplace training via the Internet. Twenty-
five industry partners have also contributed, bringing the value of the
project to approximately $10.6 million.

Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology: Industrial/Process
Automation Training and Applied Research Centre

Mohawk College will establish a state-of-the-art Industrial/Process
Automation Training and Applied Research Centre to meet industry needs in
implementing advanced manufacturing technologies. In this project, Mohawk
College will launch three new programs, upgrade existing labs and
equipment, add new facilities and equipment, and update the existing
curriculum to teach new state-of-the-art techniques. Approximately 800
students per year will benefit from this important project.

SSI funding of $2.6 million will support equipment, infrastructure
improvements, curriculum development, and other program delivery costs.
The total value of the project is estimated at $10 million.

McMaster University and Mohawk College: Integrated Diploma-Degree in
Medical Radiation Sciences Program

In partnership with industry, Mohawk College and McMaster University have
co-designed a new, fully-integrated Diploma-Degree Program in Medical
Radiation Sciences. Students will train to either become Medical
Radiation Technologists (Radiography), or Registered Diagnostic Medical
Sonographers (RDMS). The program's new skills training approach addresses
recent dynamics in the field of medical imaging, including new
technologies and a growing shortage of professionals.

The SSI investment of $2.2 million will support the costs of digital
radiology equipment, student recruitment and marketing, and library
resources. The total value of the project is estimated at $5.7 million.

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For further information: Dan Robertson, Minister's Office, (416) 325-8321