Georgian College Set To Expand
McGuinty Government Helps More Students Train For Green Energy Jobs
Ontario is helping Georgian College train more students for jobs in the high-demand field of renewable energy technologies.
Georgian College will build a new Sustainable Technologies Skills Centre with the help of a $4.65 million investment from Ontario. Georgian is also building partnerships with the energy and construction sectors. The Centre will offer training in construction, architectural and electrical skills related to high-priority renewable energy technologies.
Construction is expected to be completed in Fall 2009, adding 16,197 square feet of learning space. This will help Georgian College triple its enrolment in these high-demand programs by adding nearly 700 new students. The building itself will use several forms of alternative energy for power and heating.
- This funding is part of the government's three-year, $1.5-billion Skills to Jobs Action Plan.
- Since 2002-03, Georgian has received more than $18 million from Ontario to update equipment and maintain, improve and build new facilities.
- In 2004, Ontario targeted obtaining an additional 10 per cent (2,700 megawatts) of our overall electricity generating capacity from renewable resources by 2010.
- Georgian College offers programs as part of Ontario's Second Career Strategy.
“We're investing in the skills and knowledge of our people so they can work in high-paying, skilled jobs that will strengthen our economy and improve everyone's quality of life.”
“This investment is great news for our community. It will create jobs in the short term and in the long term, ensure that students develop the skills they need to succeed in their future careers.”
“This funding announcement through the province's Skills to Jobs Action Plan comes at a critical time for Georgian College as it addresses two significant challenges. First, investment in the Georgian College Centre for Sustainable Technologies will allow the College to address serious capacity issues at a time when our classrooms and labs are stretched to the limit. Secondly, this significant provincial contribution will greatly strengthen our ability to provide timely education and skills training urgently needed by our many industry partners.”