Students Mine New Skills At Confederation College



    McGuinty Government Invests In Mining, Construction Training

    TORONTO, July 11 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Ontario is helping Confederation College expand so more students in
northern Ontario can get the skills they need to get good jobs.
    The province is investing $9.5 million to upgrade the college's equipment
and provide new classroom space. The college will also introduce new and
expanded programs so students can train for new careers as welders, miners and
construction workers. This expansion means the college can welcome nearly
300 more students and will create more than 100 jobs.
    Many high-growth industries - including information technology,
construction, energy and mining - face a shortage 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 by training workers in the skills employers seek.

    QUOTES

    "There are thousands of high-skill jobs employers can't fill and a lot of
people working in skilled trades are going to retire soon. So investing in
Confederation College will help our people prepare for the new economy," said
Premier Dalton McGuinty.
    "There's a mining boom going on right now in the north. More skilled
workers will help us fill jobs now and in the future," said Michael Gravelle,
MPP for Thunder Bay-Superior North.
    "Confederation College has been educating northwestern Ontarians for
40 years. This funding will prepare more of our people for great careers,"
said Bill Mauro, MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan.

    QUICK FACTS

    
    -   Confederation College's main campus is in Thunder Bay. Secondary
        campuses are in Dryden, Fort Frances, Geraldton, Kenora, Marathon and
        Sioux Lookout.
    -   More than 4,000 full-time students attend Confederation College.
    -   Confederation College's first regional campus classes were held in a
        converted school bus.

    LEARN MORE

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

    What jobs are in demand? Learn about the labour market
    (http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/training/labmark/index.html) and see what
    the future holds for 163 different occupations in Ontario
    (http://www.ontariojobfutures.ca/home_page.html).

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