Three of Lambton College’s flagship programs were recently recognized as premier technology programs which ultimately create innovative solutions to the impending shortage of skilled workers.
The College was the recipient of the prestigious 2006 Outstanding Innovation in Education Award: College Level presented at the Yves Landry Foundation’s 7th Annual STARS Gala for its three-year Chemical Production Engineering Technology program, the three-year Instrumentation and Control Engineering Technology program, and the two-year Mechanical Technician-Industrial Maintenance program.
The award, presented by academic award patron Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association, was established to advance technological education and skills training in order to resolve the skilled labour shortages facing Canadian industries.
Enrolment in these three programs has steadily increased, resulting in a highly skilled local workforce to improve the competitiveness of the Sarnia-Lambton industrial community to meet a forecasted shortage of aging baby boomers in process operations and skilled maintenance and instrumentation trades in Sarnia-Lambton and beyond.
The Yves Landry Foundation’s annual awards were presented at a black tie ceremony, in Toronto, with Master of Ceremonies former Ontario premier David Peterson, recipient of the Person of the Year Award of Excellence and keynote speaker Alberta Premier Ralph Klein, with Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities Chris Bentley, and top officials from the province’s colleges and universities also in attendance.
“The award received from the Yves Landry Foundation speaks to the quality of education available at Lambton. Working in partnership with industry to meet their training needs has bolstered Lambton College’s international reputation as a world-class leader in industrial education over the past decade. Lambton has, once again, been formally recognized for preparing graduates to step into industry and make a valuable contribution,” said Tony Hanlon, President & CEO, Lambton College. He and Judith Morris, Vice President, Academic and Student Success, Lambton College accepted the award on the College’s behalf.
The award comes with $5000 which will be matched through the Ontario Trust for Student Support Fund and made available for student bursaries, for students who are in financial need.
The Yves Landry Foundation was founded in 1998 and is based on the vision, principles and hopes of the late Yves Landry, Chairman, President and CEO of Chrysler Canada Ltd. from 1990 to 1998.
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