Durham College Set To Expand



    McGuinty Government Helps More Students Train For High-Demand Green Jobs

    TORONTO, July 2 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Ontario is helping Durham College expand to help meet the province's
growing need for workers in the green energy sector.
    Durham College's Whitby campus will expand its Skills Training Centre
with the help of a $9-million investment from Ontario. The expanded centre
will offer new programs in energy conservation, energy audits, and renewable
energy.
    The first phase of the expansion is expected to be complete in 2010, and
will add 20,000 square feet of space to the facility. With this expansion,
Durham hopes to welcome over 1,000 more students within five years.

    QUOTES

    "Meeting the demand for highly-skilled workers in Ontario will strengthen
our economy and help improve everyone's quality of life," said Minister of
Training, Colleges and Universities John Milloy.

    "We are so pleased with the provincial government's confidence and
investment in our exciting expansion plans," said Don Lovisa, president of
Durham College. "This grant will provide more students than ever before with
access to Durham College's exceptional hands-on training and education,
helping them fulfil their professional goals upon graduation. In addition, it
will allow us to introduce a new cluster of programs focused on the energy
industry - a rapidly growing sector here in Durham Region and Ontario - and
complete energy retrofits and efficiencies that will turn the centre itself
into a teaching laboratory."

    QUICK FACTS

    
    -  Since 2002-03, Durham has received more than $16 million from Ontario
       to update equipment and maintain, improve and build facilities.

    -  The funding for Durham's expansion is part of the government's
       three-year, $1.5-billion Skills to Jobs Action Plan.

    -  Ontario has contracted for 2,300 megawatts of renewable power since
       2003. By 2025, the government plans to double renewable energy in the
       province.
    

    LEARN MORE

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

    Read about Ontario's new Second Career
(http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/tcu/secondCareer/index.html) program.

    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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               INVESTING IN PEOPLE, STRENGTHENING THE ECONOMY
    


    The Ontario government is investing in the skills and knowledge of
Ontarians and helping to train today's workers for tomorrow's jobs through its
$1.5-billion Skills to Jobs Action Plan.
    As part of this plan, the government will invest $970 million over three
years to build and improve places where students learn. The funding will
support new construction and renovation projects, as well as the purchase of
new equipment. These projects will create construction jobs in the short-term
and help students develop the skills they need to work in high-demand skilled
trades in the future.
    Durham College will receive $9 million to expand its Skills Training
Centre at its Whitby campus. The expanded centre will offer new programs in
energy conservation, energy audits, and renewable energy. With this expansion,
Durham hopes to welcome over 1,000 more students within five years.
    The estimated total cost of the first phase of construction on this
project is $13 million. This entire investment is expected to create 130 jobs.

    INVESTING IN STUDENTS

    Investing in the skills and knowledge of Ontarians is a cornerstone of
the government's plan to strengthen the economy. Together with its partners in
education, the government is working to ensure students have the support and
the tools they need to succeed.

    
    New postsecondary and training investments in the 2008 Budget include:

    -  $560 million over three years to expand and improve training and
       apprenticeship programs across the province
    -  $465 million over three years to provide more support for students,
       including $385 million for Textbook and Technology grants and
       $27 million for Distance Grants to help students in remote areas with
       travel costs
    -  $200 million in 2007-08 to maintain and upgrade university facilities

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For further information:

For further information: Annette Phillips, Minister's Office, (416)
326-5748; Greg Flood, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2746

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