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Sudbury college using $1.9M to expand applied research department

Expansion will result in new equipment, jobs

Cambrian College in Sudbury is receiving more than $1.9 million for its applied research department.

The funding, which comes from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corp. (NOHFC), will allow the school to modernize and expand its current space and purchase specialized equipment to build a ‘state-of-the-art’ facility, according to a July 15 news release.

The expansion is expected to facilitate co-op placements and employment for Cambrian students in the department, helping them to gain work experience and skills development.

It’s also is expected to create five new full-time technician positions and 12 part-time research positions.

“The funding announced today ensures our students involved in applied research get to work with the latest technologies and industry leading companies, giving them a leg up on the competition when they graduate and enter the job market,” Cambrian president Bill Best said in a July 15 news release.

“It also allows us to support the training of more women and Indigenous learners for rewarding, well-paying careers in the skilled trades. We're not just building skills and capacity; we're building people and their potential.”

Cambrian’s applied research department helps businesses to commercialize new products.

The announcement follows news earlier this spring that the Sudbury school would receive $1.75 million over five years from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and the designation of Technology Access Centre to specialize in mining-related applied research.