St. Lawrence College (SLC) has received $774,000 from the provincial government to help train people in Eastern Ontario for careers in the skilled trades, advanced manufacturing, and logistics sectors.
The funding, announced last week in Brockville by Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes MPP Steve Clark, will support the following two programs for up to 200 participants:
Mobile Learning Labs – Skilled Trades and Personal Wellness
Funding of $500,000 will provide technology-enabled experiential learning in the skilled trades including electrical, welding and carpentry, while participants will also learn skills to support healthy, independent living through a Personal Wellness Lab. The learning labs will increase access to in-demand training in remote locations.
Advanced Manufacturing and Logistics
Funding of $274,000 will go toward funding 12 micro-credentials in high-demand fields including, inventory and fleet optimization, supply chain software, quality assurance and compliance, 3-D printing, cloud computing and cyber security. By providing short-duration skills training, this project will support the development of a talent pipeline to ensure continued prosperity and sustainability of businesses.
“We are thrilled by this announcement from the provincial government to enhance skilled trades training, advanced manufacturing, and logistics in our region,” said SLC President and CEO, Glenn Vollebregt. “The college plays a key role in educating, training and supporting career transition. This funding will allow us to pursue important initiatives that will reach an even wider pool of students which will in turn benefit our communities, and the local economy.”
The funding is part of a $37 million commitment from the Ontario government to help more than 15,000 Ontarians upgrade their skills and train for new work. The projects target students, apprentices, jobseekers, mid-career workers, newcomers and Indigenous peoples.