By Staff, The Journal Pioneer
ACOA is providing Holland College with more than $260,000 to help ready its metal trades students for the upcoming opportunities to be created by Irving's federal shipbuilding contract.
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Alberton welding students, Lyle Longuepee, left, and Jordan Gaudet explain the features of an XMT 350 multi-use welder to National Revenue Minister Gail Shea.
[ALBERTON, PE] — The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency is providing Holland College with $269,044 to help prepare its metal trades students for the upcoming jobs boom in the shipbuilding industry.
Revenue Canada Minister Gail Shea announced the ACOA funding Thursday at the new Alberton center of the college’s West Prince campus.
“As a government, our main focus is to continue to create jobs, to create wealth in our country,” Shea said.
The National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy is a $33 billion investment of which $25 billion will go towards building ships in Halifax. Firms all over Atlantic Canada are already jockeying for a piece of the action.
Programs like the welding programs in Alberton and Georgetown will help prepare students for the opportunities, Shea noted.
“These students, we hope, will not only stay in our region for their education but will be able to stay in our region to work, as well.”