TIMMINS, ON: Northern College and partners Centennial College, Confederation College, Fleming College and the Ontario Clean Water Agency have launched the Canada-India Water Training Consortium which is participating in a large-scale international project to clean up the Ganges River.
In collaboration with consortium partners, Northern College will offer training as part of the Ganga River Environmental Management Programme (GREMP).
Northern College’s participation in this project is premised upon a global reputation of excellence in trades and technology in the natural resource sector, offering diploma programs at a number of partner institutions in both China and India.
“This is an incredible opportunity for Northern College as we continue to develop partnerships at home and abroad,” says Bob Mack, Vice President, Community, Business Development and Employment Services at Northern College. “Our involvement in this project allows Northern College to raise its profile in a key international market and have a positive impact on the people of India.”
The Canada-India Water Training Consortium is part of a broader collaborative effort that includes Hamilton, Ontario based Canadian Technology and Business Facilitators Inc. (CTBF), which contributes water technologies and training to GREMP. The river clean-up is an immense undertaking, and the project is billed as a $100 billion opportunity.
The official signing of the CTBF’s entry into the Ganges River clean-up project took place last week in New Delhi during Prime Minister Harper’s official trip to India.
Northern’s Kirkland Lake Campus hosts the Environmental Technician program specializing in water and waste water systems operations which attracts students from throughout Ontario. This three-year diploma offers students the opportunity to develop hands-on skills with three four-month co-op placements and meets the requirements for the Certified Technician designation.
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