Fleming College Proposes New Kawartha Skilled Trades Institute



    
        $35 million, 80,000 Square Foot Facility Proposed to Province

       Upcoming Federal and Provincial Budgets Provide Opportunity for
     Infrastructure Investment to Support Education and Skills Training
    

    PETERBOROUGH, ON, Jan. 22 /CNW/ - Fleming College has submitted to the
province a proposal for a $35 million, 80,000 square foot skills training
facility to be located on the college's Sutherland Campus on Brealey Drive in
Peterborough.
    The Kawartha Skilled Trades Institute, through a unique partnership with
education and industry, will teach and train students from regional secondary
schools, Fleming College and regional industry. The facility will provide new
space and equipment for training in areas such as carpentry, masonry, welding,
plumbing and machining.
    The upcoming federal and provincial budgets provide an opportunity for
investment in the project.
    "While most discussion at the federal level has focused on investments in
municipal infrastructure or provincial highways, colleges across the country
face chronic space shortages, forcing them to turn students away when they
should be opening their doors to help with Canada's skills shortage," said
Fleming College President Tony Tilly.
    Given the unique nature of the partnership, the college is seeking
support from the provincial Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities,
the Ministry of Education, and the new Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure.
    "At Fleming College we are struggling with a small, outdated facility
that houses our growing Skilled Trades programs on Bonaccord Street in
Peterborough. The Kawartha Skilled Trades Institute would alleviate the space
shortage we are facing and create a state-of-the-art training facility for our
community - with sustainable shop facilities, smart-wired classrooms, and labs
with the latest technology. At the same time, the project would create jobs
within our local economy," said President Tilly.
    "As Canada's most important skills training institutions, our colleges
badly need an infusion of capital to help them expand and upgrade their
infrastructure and acquire leading-edge technology," he added.
    "With Canada facing a skills crisis and a deepening recession, the
federal and provincial governments must include investments in our colleges in
their economic stimulus budgets.
    "Investing to upgrade and expand our colleges will produce the best
return on the taxpayer's dollar. In our community and across the country, this
investment will create jobs and leave a legacy of upgraded training
institutions that will help Canada compete in the global economy," concluded
President Tilly.
    More information is available on the college's website at
www.flemingcollege.ca/ksti.

    Located in Central Ontario, Fleming College has campuses in Peterborough,
Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and
engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college has more than 90 full-time programs
in Business and Technology, Continuing Education and Skilled Trades,
Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, Fine Arts, Health and Wellness,
Interdisciplinary Studies, and Law, Justice and Community Services. Fleming
College has more than 5,000 full-time and 10,000 part-time students and 50,000
alumni.





For further information:

For further information: Laura Copeland, Communications Officer, (705)
749-5530 x 1370 or copeland@flemingc.on.ca; Peterborough, Sutherland Campus,
599 Brealey Dr., Peterborough, ON, K9J 7B1, Ph: (705) 749-5530, F: (705)
749-5540; Peterborough, McRae Campus, 555 Bonaccord St., Peterborough, ON, K9J
7B1, Ph: (705) 749-5530, F: (705) 749-5540; Lindsay, Frost Campus, 200 Albert
St. S., Box 8000, Lindsay, ON, K9V 5E6, P: (705) 324-9144, F: (705) 878-9312;
Cobourg, Cobourg Campus, 1005 Elgin St. W., Cobourg, ON, K9A 5J4, Ph: (905)
372-6865, F: (905) 372-8570; Haliburton, Haliburton Campus, P.O. Box 839,
Haliburton, ON, K0M 1S0, Phone: (705) 457-1680, Fax: (705) 457-2255;
www.flemingcollege.com

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