RETIRED AIRCRAFT HANGAR TRANSFORMED INTO NEW TECHNICAL-VOCATIONAL TRAINING FACILITY IN CRANBERRY PORTAGE
– – – Students to Get Hands-on Learning in New High-tech Facility: Allan
CRANBERRY PORTAGE–Students at Frontier Collegiate Institute now have a new, modern technical-vocational facility to help them get valuable hands-on learning opportunities, Education Minister Nancy Allan announced here today at the grand opening of the Northern Technical Centre.
“This is a very exciting project because we turned a retired airport hanger into a state-of-the-art technical-vocational facility which will provide students from northern communities and First Nations with the skills they need to contribute to their communities and Manitoba’s economy,” said Allan. “The need for skilled trade workers and the opportunity for future employment has never been greater.”
Two main programs will be housed in the new facility:
The Building Construction and Trades Program will give students knowledge and practical hands‑on training to learn the facets of the building construction trade and work indoors year round. Students will be able to construct ready-to-move buildings (RTMs) which will help to address housing needs in the region and equip students with much-needed skills to upgrade and maintain existing buildings. Students will learn to operate industry-standard equipment such as table saws, radial-arm saws, planers and a wide variety of hand tools. They will also learn about current, energy-efficient construction methods and high-tech materials. The new facility also has a state-of-the-art dust-collection and abatement system.
The Power Mechanics Program will introduce students to the mechanical trades, allowing them to work on a variety of equipment, from cars to small engines and outdoor products. Students will learn to use up-to-date equipment such as on-board computer diagnostic engine analysers, power and hand tools, and other shop equipment such as hoists and parts washers.
The minister noted the Northern Technical Centre will not only be accessible to students in the local area but will also provide vocational training for students from remote communities. “Enhancing skill‑based training and knowledge in trades occupations is a win-win, especially for those students in northern and remote communities,” she said.
Through the work of the Technical Vocational Initiative, Manitoba Education has also just released the first year of new curricula in both these programs, so that they will be current, relevant and meet industry standards, Allan said.