Volume 95, Issue 89

Thursday, March 21, 2002
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Colleges get funding to play 'tradesies'

By Kelly Marcella
Gazette Staff

Despite the financial troubles faced by Ontario's universities, colleges will be benefiting from government investment to increase Ontario's skilled labour force.

Eighteen colleges and trade schools in Ontario will be receiving a share of $1.3 million through the provincial government's "Journeyperson Updating Program."

The funds are being allocated in 78 different trade skill areas, ranging from industrial mechanics and welders to hair stylists and cooks.

The funds were allocated through a competitive application process and colleges and trade schools are not required to match government funding for the program.

"There is a need to have skilled tradespeople in Ontario," said Bruce Skeaff, senior media relations co-ordinator for the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. "There's a booming industry and a need to keep up the skilled labour force in Ontario."

London's Fanshawe College will be receiving a government investment of $39,848 to be put towards their motive power technology division. Fanshawe offers both an upgrade program, as well as courses for new trade students.

Entering students will receive full funding for tuition, books and equipment in these programs, said Rod Cameron, chair of motive power and technology division at Fanshawe.

"Industry support is key to success of the program as students will be placed in co-op settings," he added.

Conestoga College, in Kitchener, received the largest sum of money at $217,227, which will be placed in several industrial mechanic millwright courses. The courses will serve as an apprenticeship upgrade to help keep trade workers in touch with changing technology, said John Sawicki, Conestoga College public relations manager.

"It's kind of like the post-graduate program for trades," Sawicki said.

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