Niagara College has received more than $1.4 million from Ontario’s Apprenticeship Enhancement Fund program to build a Green Tech Automotive Lab at its Welland Campus.
The project allows Niagara College to expand its focus on green technologies in its automotive programs – an area where Niagara College is already ahead of the curve.
The 3,600-square-foot Green Tech Automotive Lab will be an extension of the existing automotive facilities at the Welland Campus’s Rankin Technology Centre. It will include open bays, a work area and classroom, and will house the latest in green automotive technologies, including electric charging stations, alternate fuel technology, diagnostic equipment, green technology simulators, and electric and hybrid vehicles.
“Our government always talks about the importance of Building Ontario Up, and our talented skilled tradespeople are literally doing that in every corner of our province. Ontario’s apprenticeship training system, supported by employers, colleges and unions, is a crucial part of our plan to build the highly-skilled workforce we need to compete, and I’m proud that we are supporting so many projects that will bring new equipment and high demand training programs to the local markets that need it.”
– Reza Moridi, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities
“I’m thrilled that our government is making a major investment to ensure Niagara apprentices receive the highest standard of training. The improved facilities and training programs announced today will give apprentices the hands-on experience they need to thrive in the skilled trades, and contribute to our economy.”
– Jim Bradley, MPP St. Catharines
“Whether it’s through our academic programs or our commitment to environmental responsibility in our operations, Niagara College is a leader in sustainability and we’re pleased to build on the renewable technologies offered through our automotive programs,” said Niagara College president Dan Patterson. “We’re very grateful for the provincial government’s investment in this important area.”
The project will enhance the green automotive technology resources available to students in Niagara College’s Motive Power Technician, Motive Power Techniques, Automotive Service Technician apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs. It will also expand capacity in the Automotive Service Technician program by 20 students.
“This investment positions our Automotive Services Technician program as a leader in clean technology,” Misheck Mwaba, Niagara College’s dean of Media, Trades and Technology. “Our graduates will be equipped with the skills and knowledge required by industry. With the new equipment we will also be able to work with our industry partners to train their workforce in electric and hybrid vehicle technologies.”
“The automotive industry is moving more toward hybrid and electric vehicles and we need to ensure that we have technicians who are well trained in these emerging technologies,” said Graham Keene, president of Canadian Tire Store 162 in St. Catharines. “Today’s announcement is great news for Niagara’s automotive industry and for future automotive technicians.”
Construction of the Green Tech Automotive Lab will begin in June 2016, with completion scheduled for March 2017.
Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Niagara Falls; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Part-Time Studies courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit http://www.niagaracollege.ca
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