More Students Build Skills At Conestoga College

    McGuinty Government Invests In Robotics, Welding Training

    TORONTO, Aug. 19 /CNW/ -


    Premier McGuinty visited the Waterloo Region today with good news for
students and the local economy.
    Conestoga College ( will build a new campus
in Cambridge, including a School of Engineering and Information Technology and
Trades, with the help of a $21-million investment from Ontario. The new campus
will allow Conestoga to expand the programs it offers in skilled trades,
including welding, robotics, civil engineering and renewable energy.
    Construction is expected to begin in spring 2010. The new campus will
provide 200,000 square feet of new learning space and will help Conestoga
welcome about 3,000 new students across its campuses. Conestoga currently
offers apprenticeship programs in 13 trades, with one of the largest machine
tool builder/integrator
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    Earlier in the day, Premier McGuinty visited Toyota's Assembly Plant in
Cambridge, where he met with workers being trained for the new Woodstock
assembly plant set to open later this year. Ontario has invested $22.1 million
to support the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada training centre.


    "Conestoga's expansion will be a huge addition to skills education in the
Waterloo area. It will create construction jobs now and give people the skills
they need for the future,'" said Premier McGuinty.
    "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
    "We have the right plan for the times, one that builds a stronger Ontario
by investing in our greatest asset -- our people," said Leeanna Pendergast,
MPP Kitchener-Conestoga.


    -   Conestoga has five campuses: Doon (Kitchener), Waterloo, Guelph,
        Stratford and Cambridge.

    -   Conestoga offers programs (
        as part of Ontario's Second Career Strategy. The program helps
        retrain recently laid-off workers.


    Learn how you can become an apprentice
( in Ontario.

    Exploring a second career? For more information on re-training support,
visit or call 1-800-387-5656.

    Find a list of skilled trades
plus the aptitudes, skills and education required for each one.

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