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St. Lawrence to Help Train Next Generation of Workers

2009-01-23

The Ontario government is helping St. Lawrence College train more workers to meet the growing number of jobs in the next generation of green industries. Ontario’s first Wind Turbine Technician program will run at St. Lawrence College beginning in 2009, supporting growth in this new industry. Ontario is investing $1.6 million in a new training facility at the college and providing $635,000 to help with training costs. The new facility will provide space for about 80 apprentices in several trades, including 20 Wind Turbine Technician students. The funding is part of the $2-billion Skills to Jobs Action Plan that gives Ontarians a competitive edge by training for tomorrow’s high-skilled jobs.
"Programs like this one help us create jobs today and train for the jobs of tomorrow at the same time. Investing in St. Lawrence College means giving our people the opportunities they need and improving our economic advantage by supporting green energy," said Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty.

"This is great news for St. Lawrence College and the Greater Kingston Area. With this training program and the individuals who’ll benefit from it, students will be able to start exciting new careers in the greatly expanding area of renewable energy," said Kingston and The Islands MPP and Minister of Environment, John Gerretsen.

QUICK FACTS
-  The Kingston area is home to what will be one of Ontario’s largest wind farms.
- There are over 150 trades in the construction, industrial, motive power and service sectors that offer apprenticeships in Ontario.
- St. Lawrence College, established in 1967, serves students through campuses in Kingston, Cornwall and Brockville.

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