College enters partnership with Jamaican school

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St. Lawrence College as entered into a partnership with the National Tool and Engineering Institute in Jamaica to produce a renewabe energy program. A students and instructor at the institute are shown in this image from NTEI.

St. Lawrence College has entered into a partnership with a Jamaican school that is looking to mirror the Ontario facility's renewable energy program.

College officials have already visited the National Tool and Engineering Institute (NTEI) in Kingston, Jamaica with an aim to providing insight on how the Caribbean school can create a renewable energy program that produces graduates with a measurable list of qualifications.

"We think we're one of the four best institutions in renewable energy in the country," said Shannon Claggett, the college's associate dean of applied sciences and computing. "I think we'll provide them with a cirriculum to develop a two- or three-year program."

The project is being coordinated by the Association for Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC), with funding from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

St. Lawrence offers a cluster of renewable energy academic programs in energy systems engineering technology, wind turbine technician, and geothermal technician.

As well, the college’s solar rooftop installation of 1,600 panels is the largest of its kind at any post-secondary institution in Canada, creating learning opportunities for students.

The partnership will focus on helping NTEI meet goals in areas like curriculum development, training faculty in program delivery, as well as working with the local industry in certification and skills development.

Don Young, St. Lawrence's dean of applied science, said the renewable energy industry is expanding. 

“We’re very excited to share our knowledge and proven expertise in renewable energy,” he said. “We always learn a great deal when we work with international partners and we use that knowledge to improve our programs and broaden the experience for our students.”

The project will take place over the next three years.

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