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St. Lawrence College leads the way in creating new programming at Jamaican college

2012-12-14

A team of experts from St. Lawrence College will be heading to Jamaica to help the National Tool and Engineering Institute (NTEI) develop programs in the area of renewable energy. The project is being coordinated by the Association for Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC), with funding from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

As an acknowledged educational leader in the field of renewable energy, St. Lawrence College is uniquely positioned to deliver this specialized assistance program. SLC offers a cluster of renewable energy academic programs in Energy Systems Engineering Technology, Wind Turbine Technician, and Geothermal Technician.  As well, the College’s solar rooftop installation of 1,600 panels is the largest of its kind at any post-secondary institution in Canada, creating unparalleled learning and research opportunities for our students.

The partnership will focus on helping NTEI meet their goals in areas like curriculum development, training faculty in program delivery, as well as working with the local industry in certification and skills development.  According to Don Young, Dean of Applied Science at St. Lawrence College, this project will benefit St. Lawrence College in numerous ways, as we share our renowned expertise in educating the next generation of skilled workers in renewable energy, a field that is rapidly growing worldwide. 

“We’re very excited to share our knowledge and proven expertise in renewable energy,” he said. “We always learn a great deal when we work with international partners and we use that knowledge to improve our programs and broaden the experience for our students.”

The project will take place over the next three years. ACCC launched the Institutional Partnerships with the CARICOM Education for Employment Program (C-EFE), a 5-year ACCC program funded by CIDA. The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) identified the need to align Caribbean regional education and training systems to better prepare graduates for the workforce who are equipped with skills relevant to workforce demand. This ACCC program, C-EFE, is contributing to this transition through, in part, the implementation of C-EFE Institutional Partnerships between our member colleges and institutes and Caribbean institutional partners.

Dr. Andrew Issacs, the Manager of NTEI in Jamaica states that “the NTEI looks forward towards working with St. Lawrence on this project. Having selected from among the four that expressed an interest to work with us, I am confident that the St. Lawrence College team are not only fully capable but the best fit in seeing this project succeed. The work done so far, after only five days of discussion, is a clear indication of the great synergy that has already been established. The next three years is being eagerly anticipated by the team at NTEI as we seek to establish this critically needed training program for Jamaica and the Caribbean region.”

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About St. Lawrence College

With three friendly campuses in Brockville, Cornwall, and Kingston, St. Lawrence College is an integral part of the economic vibrancy of Eastern Ontario. St. Lawrence College is a close-knit community of 6,700 full-time students from Canada and from more than 40 countries worldwide, with more than 70,000 alumni. As part of ongoing sustainability initiatives, the College recently completed the installation of more than 1,600 solar modules on the roofs of our Kingston and Brockville campuses, the largest solar roof-top installation of any post-secondary institution in Canada. In addition to this investment in our campus infrastructure we have recently completed a multi-million dollar revitalization of our Cornwall campus. The college has many exciting Applied Research projects in progress, as well, our Corporate Learning and Performance Improvement group has helped more than 200 organizations grow and prosper. Hundreds enroll in our part-time and distance education courses each year. We work with thousands of clients annually at our Employment Service locations in Kingston, Sharbot Lake, Sydenham, and Ottawa.

For media information:

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