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Training Bakers In Chatham-Kent

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Training Bakers In Chatham-Kent

McGuinty Government Supports More Job Skills Training Spaces

St. Clair College of Applied Arts and Technology will start training future bakers in Chatham this September.

This new training program will provide education opportunities for rural residents and attract new investment, people and small businesses to the community. This is part of the McGuinty government's five-year Open Ontario plan to create new opportunities for jobs and growth in the province.

Through the Rural Economic Development Program, Ontario is helping the college and the Municipality of Chatham-Kent to:

  • Retrofit a heritage building in downtown Chatham to be used as a state-of-the-art bakery skills training facility

  • Purchase and install equipment and fittings required to provide baking courses

  • Provide state-of-the-art trades education and training for the rural community

  • Remove barriers to education access in rural areas

  • Meet the demand for skilled workers in the bakery field

  • Create three instructor positions, as well as short-term construction jobs

  • Graduate 20 or more students annually with strong qualifications to work in the food service sector.

Quick Facts

  • St. Clair College of Applied Arts and Technology and the Municipality of Chatham-Kent are receiving up to $309,500 through the Rural Economic Development Program.
  • Since 2003, Ontario has invested over $93 million in 267 projects through the Rural Economic Development Program.

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“St. Clair College, with the help of Municipality of Chatham-Kent, is continuing its successful efforts to revitalize our communities. Infrastructure investments are an important part of the province's new Open Ontario plan to create jobs and opportunities for Ontario families.”

Pat Hoy

MPP for Chatham-Kent-Essex

“Having the provincial support to improve the training opportunities in the Chatham-Kent area has been essential. With this investment, we can continue our focus on providing training in the local, rural community in order to increase the job opportunities for our rural youth.”

Lynn McGeachy Schultz

Director, College Advancement, St. Clair College

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