Canadore College in North Bay is retrofitting its carpentry shop and introducing a complementary online course so that students can learn low-carbon construction building practices, techniques and resources.
The work is being made possible with funding of $298,000 from the Low Carbon Building Skills program, an initiative of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.
“Receiving this funding means that we are able to realize some of our program goals faster than expected,” said Caroline Corbett, associate dean of trades and technology, in an April 13 release.
“Of course, there’s the obvious tangible building upgrades and course improvements, but the infusion also means that we can incorporate more inter-professional training between our trades disciplines.”
The carpentry shop renewal will incorporate teaching and learning aids such as a cross-cut of a low-carbon model house to demonstrate energy-efficient construction procedures. It will be ready for students use by Jan. 1, 2019.
The online course will be geared toward the construction program, elements of which will also be delivered to electrical, plumbing and civil engineering programs. It will be rolled out this fall. It’s one of the only courses of its kind in Ontario.
Corbett said 150 full-time students will benefit from the upgrades, which will also be available to part-time students and corporate training clients.