Sault College Receives a $799,566 Investment for Programs

Photo Courtesy of David Orazietti MPP

Sault Ste. Marie – David Orazietti MPP was at Sault College today announcing a provincial investment of $799,566 to support local job training, youth entrepreneurship and classroom upgrades for a new program.

Photo (L-R): David Orazietti MPP; Candice Day, Sault College School of Media and Design and Digital Film Production Instructor; Leo Tiberi, Sault College Vice-President, Academic; John Coccimiglio, Sault College Applied Research and Innovation Manager

“Supporting our local post-secondary schools and improving their infrastructure, academic programs and upgrading important teaching equipment is strengthening our economy and creating jobs,” said Orazietti. “Today’s investment further reinforces our government’s commitment to helping more students get the post-secondary education they need to be successful.”

The $799,566 investment for Sault College is being provided through the following Ministries: Economic Development, Trade and Employment (MEDTE); Ontario Women’s Directorate (OWD) and the Northern Development and Mines/Northern Ontario Heritage Fund (NOHFC) and includes:

• $347,066 – MEDTE’s Strategic Community Entrepreneurship Projects (SCEP) program for the college’s Youth Entrepreneurship Skills (YES) project which will provide specialized mentorship for youth in order to launch self-employment and business ventures

• $266,000 – OWD’s Women in Skilled Trades and Information Technology grant program providing low-income women with Heavy Equipment Operator Training

• $186,500 – NOHFC for the upgrading of classroom facilities to create editing suites, production office and storage space for the new Digital Film Production program

“These investments will help support significant projects at our College and enhance the learning experiences of our students,” said Dr. Common, President of Sault College. “This important funding will enrich programming and course delivery for our students, drive community and economic development and meet the increasing demand for skilled trades training for all students, including Aboriginal women. Together these announcements will help us to continue to be a leading educator in the post-secondary field related to Aboriginal education. Thank you to the Ontario government for their continual support and generous contributions to the growth and success of our College.”

Key Provincial initiatives supporting Sault College since 2003 include:

• $9.5 million Academic Building at Sault College
• $7.1 million Facility Renewal, Improvements and Modernization
• $5.0 million Health and Wellness Centre
• $1.9 million Apprenticeship Programs
• $1.8 million Student All Weather Link Connecting Campus ($1 million MTCU, $800,000 NOHFC)
• $1.6 million Additional Instructors and Increased Student Resources
• $1.0 million New IT Infrastructure
• $750,000 Multi-Media Centre
• $603,673 Pre-apprenticeship Training and Increased Apprenticeship training, Creating 30 New Positions
• $519,350 for Aviation Program Equipment Upgrades
• $495,040 Nursing Simulation Equipment
• $327,332 Endowment Fund – Ontario Trust Program
• $320,000 Wind Energy Training Centre
• $309,984 Services for Students with Disabilities
• $295,000 Automated Water Treatment Project
• Nurse Practitioner Clinic and Algoma Public Health Building on Campus


About the Strategic Community Entrepreneurship Projects program

About the Women in Skilled Trades and IT grant program

About the NOHFC programs

Contact David Orazietti at (705) 949-6959.