St. Lawrence College Receives Large Donation of Equipment for Skilled Trades Programs

A group of representatives from Witron, SLC, MLTISD, and the City of Cornwall stand side by side
Pictured left to right: Daniel Liao, Dean, Applied Science, Technology and Trades, St. Lawrence College; Richard Wiggers, Dean, Cornwall Campus and Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies and Pathways, St. Lawrence College; Glenn Vollebregt, President and CEO, St. Lawrence College; Massimo Miucci, Witron; Glen Grant, Mayor of Cornwall; Kenny Arruda, National Maintenance Leader for Canada, Witron; Aidan Wornes, Professor, Mechanical Technician Program, St. Lawrence College; Adam Cameron, Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development

St. Lawrence College (SLC) received a donation of equipment valued at $150,000 to be used in several skilled trades programs to prepare students for careers in automated logistics and manufacturing. The donation was made by Witron, a worldwide leader in the design of warehouse and logistics systems. An announcement was made at its Cornwall operations site on Monday, October 3, 2022, and marks the first time that Witron has entered a partnership of this kind in Canada.

The equipment will support experiential learning in programs including Mechanical Technician, Industrial Mechanic Millwright, Industrial Electrician, and General Machinist on SLC’s Kingston campus. Also, SLC plans to launch a new Mechatronics program in fall 2023, whose students will also benefit from this state-of-the-art equipment. The specialized equipment includes turntables, chain conveyors, barcode scanners, sensors, reflectors, brackets, wiring, frequency controllers, control panels, safety components, and more.

“In today’s high tech and automated environment, technology changes quickly and our goal is to educate our students in the current work environment, and to be prepared for the future,” said Daniel Liao, Dean, Applied Science, Technology and Trades at SLC. “We are grateful for the donation of this equipment that helps us provide up-to-date materials and supplies to create the best learning environment for our students.”

“Witron is thrilled to contribute to these skilled trades programs at St. Lawrence College,” said Kenny Arruda, National Maintenance Leader for Canada. “SLC is a leader in hands-on training and education with both their skilled trades and technician/technology programs, both in the community and the province. We are proud to assist in the future education and training to ensure a highly skilled, employable workforce.”

Witron is a major employer of SLC grads, and actively recruits from the College’s Wind Turbine Technician, Electrical Engineering Technician, and Mechanical Technician programs. Last year, Witron hired 12 SLC graduates.

“On behalf of SLC, I want to thank Witron for this important gift of equipment and supplies for several of our skilled trades programs,” said Glenn Vollebregt, SLC President and CEO. “We also thank Witron for supporting our College and hiring our graduates and we look forward to fostering this continued partnership and working together to contribute to our vibrant workforce and community.”



St. Lawrence College is situated on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples; we are grateful to live and learn on these lands. With campuses in Kingston, Brockville, and Cornwall, SLC delivers education and training that meets the needs of community, industry, and employers. The College prepares students to succeed in the global economy through relevant, practical programs and experiential learning opportunities. SLC offers more than 100 full-time programs including diplomas, degrees, graduate certificates, apprenticeships, micro-credentials and life-long learning opportunities. Everyone belongs in the SLC community, comprised of 12,000 full-time students and more than 115,000 alumni in 75 countries around the world.


Media Contact:
Laura Tulchinsky
Communications Officer
St. Lawrence College

Julie Einarson
Senior Advisor, Communications and Government Relations
St. Lawrence College

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