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Grand Opening at St. Lawrence College

2010-10-18

The Wind Turbine and Trades Training Facility will officially open on Friday, October 22 on the Kingston campus. The opening will be followed by a major announcement on how SLC plans to implement further greener solutions for a sustainable future.

Construction began last year on this new facility, a state-of-the-art, innovative learning environment for students of our Wind Turbine Technician, Brick and Stone Masonry, Industrial Electrician and Millwright programs. Funding of $1.6 million was provided by the Ontario government to help St. Lawrence College train more workers to meet the growing number of jobs in the next generation of green industries. SLC offers the only co-op diploma apprenticeship program in Canada, where students also receive the Industrial Electrician credential.

"What an incredible day for the entire college community, and for Kingston," said Chris Whitaker, president and CEO of St. Lawrence College. "Providing a one-of-a-kind, hands-on learning experience positions us as a leader in rapidly evolving and high-demand industries. Our students will have the best training at their fingertips, and be more than ready to be hired when they graduate."

The new facility provides space for about 80 apprentices in several trades, including Wind Turbine Technician students. The building features an exterior solar wall and rooftop solar panels that create energy and is a learning lab for future students. Within the interior a full size wind turbine nacelle has been installed to give students hands-on learning. The funding is part of the $2-billion Skills to Jobs Action Planthat gives Ontarians a competitive edge by training for tomorrow’s high-skilled jobs.

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For more information:
Laura Tulchinsky
St. Lawrence College, Communications
613-544-5400, ext. 1291