Northern College Establishes Trades And Technology Centre
McGuinty Government Helps Improve Student Training At Porcupine Campus
Northern College's new trades and technology centre will increase enrolment by 120 students and create five new jobs at its Porcupine campus, helping more graduates start careers in the North.
With Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) support, the college is constructing a 33,000-square foot Centre of Excellence for Trades and Technology. The new centre will include smart classrooms, trade shops, smart labs, green energy labs and offices. This project will expand apprenticeship and skilled trades training for students as well as help provide distance education opportunities for Aboriginal communities.
Education and job creation are important components of the Open Ontario plan.
- The NOHFC is providing $500,000 to this project through its Infrastructure and Community Development Program, bringing its total investment in the project to $1.5 million.
- The new centre will help the college offer programs such as heavy duty industrial mechanic, carpentry, mechanical industrial millwright and green technology training. Smart classrooms and labs will contain computers, video projectors, cameras, 3D printers and smart boards.
“By investing in this project, we are helping Northern College train northerners close to home and ensuring that the companies in the region have access to skilled workers to support their ongoing needs and growth.”