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New power simulator and program will train workers in local industry

2011-01-31

(Brockville, ON) MP for Leeds and Grenville, Gord Brown will be on campus, on Friday February 4, to see a new, high end power simulator which is being launched at St. Lawrence College in Brockville.

The simulator, and accompanying training, will be used to train students for careers in power engineering. The new simulator at the college allows them to train, and make mistakes, without the dire consequences of a real life situation. St. Lawrence College was awarded financial support from the Eastern Region Community Development Corporation for the purchase of a training simulator last March.

"The Simulator gives trainees and skilled workers in the power generating industry the opportunity to learn on the simulator instead of using plant equipment, which reduces the possibility of damage at a facility. Students will become familiar with critical power engineering processes for a plant." said Dave Ashton, Corporate Learning and Performance Improvement Specialist at St. Lawrence College.

The project for the programs and simulator brought together business leaders from the region representing 25 organizations primarily from the manufacturing sector to help drive the process and culminated in the formation of the Technical Training Advisory Committee. This working group is dedicated to assisting the college in the design and implementation of relevant skills-based programming in this industry.

"The Centre for Corporate Learning and Performance Improvement at St. Lawrence College and the City of Brockville’s Economic Development Department formed a partnership to develop sustainable economic development initiatives to attract new knowledge based companies, help existing business be more competitive and develop a qualified skilled workforce – skills needed for the "new" jobs in the "new" economy," said Charlie Mignault, Director of Corporate Learning and Performance Improvement for St. Lawrence College.


Also visiting with Gord Brown, M.P. for Leeds and Grenville will be Tom Russell, Executive Director for the 1000 Islands Community Development Corporation and Heather Lawless, Executive Director from the Grenville Community Futures Development Corporation.

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About St. Lawrence College
Located along the shores of the St. Lawrence River, SLC has three campuses in Brockville, Cornwall and Kingston. St. Lawrence College boasts 6,500 full-time students from Canada, and more than 40 countries worldwide. Our college community includes 20,000 part-time students, 1,000 staff, and more than 70,000 alumni. We also serve more than 3,000 Employment Services clients annually. The college has recently invested in the development of Applied Research with many exciting projects in progress. In addition, revitalization of our campuses is underway to support new and innovative new programs including; Wind Turbine Technician, Game Development Technician, and Fine Arts, among others.

Media photo and interview opportunity:
Friday, February 4, 10 am

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