Northern College Set To Expand



    McGuinty Government Helps More Students Train For High-Demand Skilled
    Trades and Technology Jobs

    TORONTO, Aug. 13 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Ontario is helping Northern College expand so more Northern and
Aboriginal students can train for high-demand jobs in skilled trades and
technology.
    Northern College (http://www.northernc.on.ca/) will build a new Nor Tech
Centre for Trades and Technology with the help of an $8 million investment
from Ontario. New and expanded facilities at Northern's Porcupine (Timmins)
Campus (http://www.northernc.on.ca/about/porcupine.html) will allow the
college to offer more programs in high-demand skilled trades and technology.
Northern will also build a satellite Trades Centre in Moosonee
(http://www.northernc.on.ca/about/moosonee.html), which will offer training
programs to the James Bay area and Aboriginal communities across Ontario's far
north.
    Construction is expected to be completed by September 2010, adding over
35,000 square feet of new learning space. Some existing labs will also be
renovated and modernized. This will help Northern College welcome over 120 new
students per year to their skilled trades and technology programs.
    Northern College provides important postsecondary education and training
across Ontario's far north. The college has a special focus on Aboriginal
programs, including being the "trainer of choice" for Ontario's first diamond
mine at Attawapiskat near James Bay.

    QUOTES

    "We're investing in the skills and knowledge of our people so they can
work in high-paying, skilled jobs that will strengthen our economy and improve
everyone's quality of life," said Minister of Training, Colleges and
Universities John Milloy
(www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/biography/tcu_minister.html).

    "More training opportunities at Northern College's Timmins and Moosonee
campuses will mean more jobs and more prosperity for First Nations, Metis and
Inuit in Ontario," said Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, Michael Bryant.

    "This is a wise investment by the government and we are appreciative of
the Minister's wisdom in allocating significant resources to meet the needs of
the communities of the northeast," said Northern College President Michael
Hill. "Strong metal prices along with the opening of Canada's newest, and
Ontario's first, diamond mine are fueling the province's economy in
significant ways and this needs to be supported. The Aboriginal people of the
northeast need access to opportunities to participate in this new economy. The
forestry industry is reinventing itself and requires training and education to
support that change. There is a convergence of circumstances that make this
capital contribution to build a Centre of Excellence for skills, trades and
technology at Northern College just the right thing at the right time."

    
    QUICK FACTS

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

    -   Since 2002-03, Northern College has received more than $8 million
        from Ontario to update equipment and maintain, improve and build new
        facilities.

    -   Northern College has been named the "trainer of choice" for Ontario's
        first diamond mining project, the DeBeers-Victor Diamond Mine in the
        James Bay area.

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

    LEARN MORE

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

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

    Find out more about Ontario's colleges
    (www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/postsec/college.html) and universities
    (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, over three years, the government will invest
$970 million 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.
    Northern College will receive $8 million to build the Nor Tech Centre for
Trades and Technology. The centre will include Wi-Fi labs and state-of-the-art
classrooms with projectors and wireless hotspots. The college will also build
a satellite trades centre at its Moosonee Campus to train workers for job
opportunities along the James Bay Coast, including at Ontario's first diamond
mine - the DeBeers-Victor Mine near Attawapiskat. The expansion means the
college will be able to welcome more than 120 more students.
    The estimated total cost of this project is $13.75 million. This entire
investment is expected to create more than 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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