Great Plains College Recieves Funding

Written by McKenzie Forsyth on Wednesday, 19 March 2014

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Yesterday Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cypress Hills-Grasslands MP made an important announcement at the Great Plains College.

The Announcement was made on the behalf of Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, Michele Rempel.

“Our government recognizes that small and medium sized business’ are really the cornerstone of our economy,” Said Anderson at the event. “They drive jobs and they drive growth right across Western Canada. As the Saskatchewan economy keeps experiencing increasing activity, we’re seeing a greater demand for skilled trades in all kinds of sectors, sectors such as construction, mining, oil and gas. That demand presently outstrips the ability of educational institutions to provide trained graduates.”

Currently Heavy Equipment Operators work in over 80 sectors in Saskatchewan and a shortage of Heavy Equipment Operators effects everything from business to the amount of work being done by rural and urban municipalities.

“I am pleased today to be able to announce that our government through Western Economic Diversification Canada, is partnering with Great Plains College and we are investing $230,000 to help Great Plains College purchase equipment to create a mobile simulation lab for Heavy Equipment Operator Training Program.” said Anderson.

The program will train operators for dozers, excavators, scrapers and four wheel loader operators.

The equipment will be installed in mobile cargo trailers that can be used at different colleges and even job sites.

Anderson adds Great Plains College will be able to cut Tuition costs for equipment operator students in half. It will also increase the number of graduates.

The funding will also make an industry partnership available with Kramer Industries, which will make the process of purchasing of equipment and high-end technology available to students.

The funding will help everyone from students to employers.

The College is putting apprenticeship programs in place and they hope to have the program up and running this summer.

via Local News

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