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Thunder Bay college lands cash for tech building

FedNor cheques in with $1 million for cutting edge equipment
Confed College

Confederation College’s new technology centre received $1 million from FedNor to outfit the building with equipment.

Thunder Bay-Rainy River MP Don Rusnak delivered the news in Thunder Bay on Aug.8.

The money is earmarked to purchase “cutting-edge technologies” for the Technology, Education and Collaboration (TEC) Hub that’s currently under construction.

The 45,000-square-foot space will offer research, incubation and technology transfer services to support the advanced manufacturing, technology and resource sectors in northwestern Ontario with virtual reality technology, multi-axis computer numerical controlled (CNC) milling machines and production-grade 3D printers. The building will feature classrooms, shops and laboratories.

“This investment in Confederation College will deliver immediate results in the form of jobs, growth and prosperity, helping to improve the lives of families that live and work in the region,” said Rusnak in a statement.

“Through FedNor’s substantial contribution to the TEC Campaign, our students will be able to learn by using only the best and most state-of-the-art equipment and technologies. This will ensure they are fully prepared for the careers of today as well as the careers of tomorrow,” added college president Jim Madder.