March 23, 2012 – Wing Dedicated as the Hydro One Energy Centre in Recognition of Hydro One’s Substantial Investment in Northern College
“Hydro One has demonstrated a continuing commitment to Northern College and to strengthening the capacity of the utility sector. Dedicating this wing, where a majority of our electrical programming takes place, is a tangible display of our college-wide recognition of Hydro One’s significant contribution towards equipment, scholarships and program and curriculum development,” says Fred Gibbons, President of Northern College. “Hydro One continuously evolves with the industry, and their support has given Northern College the ability to keep pace, well into the future. This, indeed, is a very powerful partnership.”
Hydro One entered into a partnership with Northern College as part of a consortium comprised of Hydro One and four community colleges in 2007 to attract and educate the future employees of the electricity transmission and distribution utility sector. In phase I of the project, a total of $750,000 was donated to Northern College. This has enabled upgrades to the curriculum in the Electrical Engineering Technician and Technology programs, giving students more of the skills employers need and additional lab rooms with state-of-the-art equipment commonly used in industry for their lab work, as well as scholarships and bursaries for students. With Phase II, students and faculty are being provided opportunities to engage in real-world applied research through our Northern Office of Applied Research and Innovation (NOARI) working with Hydro One and their student colleagues from Algonquin, Georgian and Mohawk as project team mates. Access to new scholarships and bursaries has also been granted, particularly focused on improving workforce diversity for aboriginal and female students entering Electrical programs.
“Hydro One’s investment in Northern College and its students is a great example of an innovative partnership. Our investment in the College will pay off by ensuring Hydro One and other utilities have the skilled and trained workforce necessary to keep Ontario’s electricity system strong,” said Laura Formusa, President & CEO of Hydro One.
By any measure, phase I of the Hydro One College Consortium project has been a resounding success and an award-winning model for industry-education collaboration and partnership. Going forward with Phase II, Northern College proposes to continue updating equipment and aligning curriculum, providing scholarships and bursaries, engaging in research, and leveraging Hydro One dollars in support of increasing the number of aboriginal and female students entering, and succeeding in, electrical programs.
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