PE: Holland College ramps up recruiting efforts for Summerside IT training

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College hopes lure of IT jobs brings students to new Prince County campus

Federal Revenue MInister Gail Shea and P.E.I. Innovation and Advanced Learning Minister Allen Roach join Holland College’s Jake Baird, left, and college president Dr. Brian McMillan, right, during an announcement that ACOA will be providing $220,466 to the college for a new e-health Training and Support Centre. - Mike Carson/Journal Pioneer

[SUMMERSIDE, PE] – Holland College hopes to lure students to its new Prince County campus with the promise of available – and lucrative – jobs in the city's IT sector.

The college's Computer Information Systems (CIS) course in Charlottetown is expanding to the new Summerside Waterfront Campus in time for the September opening.

CIS program manager Natalie Mitton is optimistic the course will attract a full complement of 20 students for its inaugural year in Summerside.

"We didn't have a great turnout, but... we're making strides with a late launch of recruiting that's happening through Holland College," she says. "There's a need (in the IT sector), and by word of mouth and the support of industry we're hoping to get the seats filled."

The Summerside program received a boost from the federal government in February when the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) provided it with over $220,000 in funding.

Mitton says money has been spent so far on equipment, as well as software and curriculum development.

Unlike the college's Charlottetown-based program, the Summerside CIS course will exclusively feature training geared toward the e-health sector.

That means students in the second year of the program will be offered some optional e-health training courses, along with on-the-job-training with the businesses in the Holman Building.

Organizations: Holland College, Computer Information Systems, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Geographic location: SUMMERSIDE, Prince, Charlottetown

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