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St. Lawrence College breaking new ground for students

2009-11-27

St. Lawrence College held a ground breaking event for the Wind Turbine and Trades Training Facility on Friday, November 27, 2009. This new facility will be a state-of-the-art, innovative learning environment for students of our Wind Turbine Technician, Brick and Stone Masonry, Industrial Electrician and Millwright programs in the future.

Last January the Ontario government committed $1.6 million to helping St. Lawrence College train more workers to meet the growing number of jobs in the next generation of green industries.

"We’re very excited for St. Lawrence College and the Greater Kingston Area. With this training program and the individuals who’ll benefit from it, graduates 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.

The new facility will provide space for about 80 apprentices in several trades, including Wind Turbine Technician students. The building will feature an exterior solar wall and rooftop solar panels that will create energy and be used as a learning lab for future students. Within the interior a full size wind turbine nacelle will be installed to give students hands-on learning. 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.

"This is a great day for our students and staff, said Chris Whitaker, president and CEO of St. Lawrence College. "With this new facility and Kingston’s proximity to the provinces largest wind farm on Wolfe Island, we’ll be able to provide cutting-edge training to future workers in a high-demand and rapidly evolving industry."

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About St. Lawrence College
St. Lawrence College has approximately 6,000 full-time students from Canada and around the world, 20,000 part-time registrants, and 3,000 Job Connect Clients in over 80 academic programs and employs over 1,000 full-time and part-time staff at our three campuses in Brockville, Cornwall, and Kingston. In addition to new residences with more than 700 beds, the College has recently invested in new programs including degree Nursing, Bachelor of Business Administration, Energy Systems Engineering Technology, and the Culinary Co-op Apprenticeship Diploma Program, among others.