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Canadore College opens doors to new battery technology training centre

Motive power programming gets recharged with zero-emission shop
Canadore College president George Burton at the May 5 opening of the Zero Emission Training Centre. (Canadore photo)

North Bay’s Canadore College is expanding its motive power programs with a new battery electric technology shop.

Nipissing MPP and provincial Economic Development Minister Vic Fedeli was on hand to help college president George Burton to open the new Zero Emission Training Centre located at the Commerce Court campus on May 5.

The college already delivers training in motive power programs using conventional internal combustion engines. The new space will give access to electric vehicles, battery electric recreational vehicles, and yard tools.

A Canadore news release said zero emission training will be offered this fall.

“The new training centre at Canadore College will play a key role in preparing students for the jobs of the future,” said Fedeli in a statement released through the college.

“Over the last two and a half years, Ontario has attracted $25 billion in investments by global automakers and suppliers of electric vehicle batteries and battery materials. This great new centre will help ensure that Ontario remains a global leader.”

Canadore president George Burton called the motive power shop the “core” of the college’s automotive and small engine trades programs. The centre will enhance the apprenticeship system with access to new technologies.

“The new training centre will modernize our facilities to attract more students to the trades, provide training on battery electric engines to upgrade the skills of Ontario’s skilled trades’ workforce, and facilitate collaboration with industry to identify new and emerging training needs."