Building Jobs At Niagara College



    McGuinty Government Invests In Skilled Trades Training, Apprenticeships

    TORONTO, July 10 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Ontario is helping Niagara College grow so more students can train for
jobs in skilled trades. The province will invest $15.4 million in a major
expansion to skilled trades training classroom space at Niagara College's
(http://www.niagaracollege.ca/) Welland campus. The college will soon be able
to welcome 730 more students and apprentices. The expansion will cost $18.3
million, and create more than 180 construction jobs.
    Many high-growth industries face shortages of people with the right
skills. The government's three-year, $1.5-billion Skills to Jobs Action Plan
is aimed at closing that gap. Niagara College will train more welders,
carpenters, electricians and other tradespeople in the skills employers are
looking for.

    QUOTES

    "A lot of employers are having a hard time finding workers with the right
skills, so there are jobs going begging. Investing in Niagara College means
giving our people the opportunities they need and improving our economic
advantage," said Premier Dalton McGuinty.

    "By investing in post secondary institutions like Niagara College and the
skills and programs they offer, we are strengthening our economy and helping
to improve everyone's quality of life," said St. Catharines MPP Jim Bradley.

    "We have the right plan for the times, one that builds a stronger Ontario
by investing in our greatest asset -- our people," said Kim Craitor, MPP
Niagara Falls.

    
    QUICK FACTS

    -  Niagara College offers programs 
(http://www.niagaracollege.ca/secondcareer/) as part of Ontario's Second
Career Strategy (http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/tcu/secondcareer/index.html).

    -  More than 6,000 full time students and over 15,000 continuing
       education students attend Niagara College.

    -  The college is ranked first overall
(http://www.niagaracollege.ca/campus_spotlight_2008_kpi.htm) in student
satisfaction among all Ontario colleges.

    LEARN MORE

    Learn how you can become an apprentice
(http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/tcu/apprentices/) in Ontario.

    Find out more about Ontario's colleges
(http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/postsec/college.html) and universities
(http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/postsec/univers.html).

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