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Applications open for free pre-apprenticeship program

Conestoga is now accepting applications for the Women in Skilled Trades (WIST) General Carpenter Pre-apprenticeship program that begins this September at the Waterloo campus.WIST students recently supported the college's Trades and Technology day at the Waterloo campus, which introduced young girls to careers in the skilled trades. WIST is a tuition-free program funded by the provincial Ministry of the Status of Women that is designed to support low-income women who are unemployed or underemployed. The goal of the program is to prepare candidates for employment within the construction sector. 

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Freshco partnership provides trades students with holiday surprise

Students in Conestoga’s Women in Skilled Trades (WIST) certificate program received an unexpected surprise on December 8 when construction magnate Mandy Rennehan, CEO and founder of Frescho, attended class at the Waterloo campus to deliver some holiday cheer. Rennehan presented each student with a $500 cheque on behalf of Freshco to help subsidize their living expenses. 

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HGTV personality Sherry Holmes joins students at TNT Day 

HGTV personality Sherry Holmes, of Holmes Makes it Right, joined girls in grades seven to 10 at the Waterloo campus on March 8 for the first of Conestoga’s three Trades and Technology (TNT) Days.

Contractors Sherry Holmes and Bill Holmes attended TNT Day at Conestoga's Waterloo campus on March 8. Students were introduced to the skilled trades through their participation in carpentry and welding workshops. Hosted in partnership with the School College Work Initiative, TNT Days deliver hands-on activities related to different careers in the construction, industrial, motive power, engineering and architectural industries. Female students have the opportunity to learn and work in a college shop setting which provides exposure to the trades and promotes better-informed academic pathway and career decisions.  

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Industry leader Martha George will be honoured at 2017 Golf Classic

Martha George, president of the Grand Valley Construction Association (GVCA), will be honoured at Conestoga’s 22nd annual Golf Classic on May 30. The event recognizes community and business leaders while raising funds for redevelopment projects at the college.

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Ontario invests in pre-apprenticeship training 

MPP Liz Sandals visited Conestoga’s Guelph campus on Friday, March 24 to announce an investment of $250,416 from the Government of Ontario to support the delivery of free pre-apprenticeship training. On March 24, MPP Liz Sandals visited the Guelph campus to announce a provincial investment of $250,416 to support the delivery of free pre-apprenticeship training. Pictured L -R: Trades and apprenticeship chair Stephen Speers, Truck and Coach/Heavy Equipment pre-apprenticeship graduate Konrad Hillenaar, MPP Liz Sandals, Executive dean Julia Biedermann, President John Tibbits The Heavy Duty Equipment/Truck and Coach Technician pre-apprenticeship program will help 24 local trainees develop trade-specific knowledge, job skills and employment experience and fulfill Level 1 classroom training requirements for the 310T apprenticeship.

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Federal and provincial governments invest in Conestoga expansion 

Elected representatives from the federal, provincial, regional and municipal governments joined members of the Conestoga community at the college’s North campus in Waterloo on Monday, December 19 for the announcement of a joint federal-provincial government investment of $15.8 million to support a major expansion project for the campus. 

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Polytechnics Canada: skilled trades vital for Canada's economy

In an op-ed for the Huffington Post on January 16, Nobina Robinson, CEO of Polytechnics Canada, said the skilled trades will be vital for the future of Canada’s economy. According to Robinson, Canada is embracing digital environments, alternative energy solutions and large infrastructure projects -- leaving it “well positioned to stake its claim as an innovation leader" -- but questioned if Canada will have trades professionals to support and complete the projects.“Some estimate that within ten years Canada will face a shortage of 250,000 individuals in the construction trades alone,” said Robinson. “... the trades are facing a demographic deficit -- the number of those about to retire far exceeds the number of new entrants into these vitally important professions.”

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Conestoga launches 50th anniversary website 

This year Conestoga and Ontario’s other public colleges will celebrate 50 years of delivering career-focused education and preparing graduates for success. 

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Hire a Conestoga Student! Higher Talent. Hire Conestoga.

In an op-ed for the Huffington Post on January 16, Nobina Robinson, CEO of Polytechnics Canada, said the skilled trades will be vital for the future of Canada’s economy. According to Robinson, Canada is embracing digital environments, alternative energy solutions and large infrastructure projects -- leaving it “well positioned to stake its claim as an innovation leader" -- but questioned if Canada will have trades professionals to support and complete the projects.“Some estimate that within ten years Canada will face a shortage of 250,000 individuals in the construction trades alone,” said Robinson. “... the trades are facing a demographic deficit -- the number of those about to retire far exceeds the number of new entrants into these vitally important professions.” 

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Electricity Human Resources Canada’s 2016 Awards of Excellence

EHRC celebrated its Awards of Excellence in style on December 8th at St Andrew's Club in Toronto. With over 90 in attendance from across the country, EHRC was delighted to recognize Mike Marsh, President & CEO of SaskPower as this year's Leader of the Year. 

Other award recipients included: Conestoga College for Innovation in HR Practices - Educational / Training Institution 

Innovation in HR Practices - Educational / Training Institution Award was established to recognize and celebrate, at the national level, an educational or training institution that has developed or implemented curriculum, educational or training programs that address the workforce supply needs of the electricity industry by ensuring that students and/or employees have the required skill sets.  
 
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