More students build skills at Conestoga College
McGuinty Government Invests In Robotics, Welding Training
Premier McGuinty visited the Waterloo Region today with good news for students and the local economy.
Conestoga College will build a new campus in Cambridge, including a School of Engineering and Information Technology and Trades, with the help of a $21-million investment from Ontario. The new campus will allow Conestoga to expand the programs it offers in skilled trades, including welding, robotics, civil engineering and renewable energy.
Construction is expected to begin in spring 2010. The new campus will provide 200,000 square feet of new learning space and will help Conestoga welcome about 3,000 new students across its campuses. Conestoga currently offers apprenticeship programs in 13 trades, with one of the largest machine tool builder/integrator programs in Ontario.
Earlier in the day, Premier McGuinty visited Toyota's Assembly Plant in Cambridge, where he met with workers being trained for the new Woodstock assembly plant set to open later this year. Ontario has invested $22.1 million to support the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada training centre.
- Conestoga has five campuses: Doon (Kitchener), Waterloo, Guelph, Stratford and Cambridge.
- Conestoga offers programs as part of Ontario's Second Career Strategy. The program helps retrain recently laid-off workers.
“Conestoga's expansion will be a huge addition to skills education in the Waterloo area. It will create construction jobs now and give people the skills they need for the future.”
“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.”
“We have the right plan for the times, one that builds a stronger Ontario by investing in our greatest asset — our people.”