The Cambrian College Foundation said a big thank you to some of its corporate donors recently.
The college honoured seven companies which have made in-kind donations to its Heavy Equipment Technician program. Students in the program learn how to assemble and repair a wide variety of heavy equipment systems.
The companies were thanked for donating equipment valued at nearly $5 million over the past 15 years.
Those donations range from jacklegs, scoop trams and backhoes, to diesel engines, Mack trucks and roller crusher gear.
“The hands-on-learning opportunities we are able to provide Cambrian students are truly integral to their success,” says Brandi Braithwaite, director of development and alumni at Cambrian College.
“Students working on the actual equipment they will be using once they enter the workforce ensures they are industry ready. We are so lucky to have so many committed industry partners that understand and support this mission.”
The companies honoured include Vale, Glencore, Cardinal Mining/REG, Epiroc, Toromont CAT, Industrial Fabrication and Day Group. Banners were unveiled in the Heavy Equipment workshop, displaying the logos of each company and thanking them for their support.
“As our operations prepare for the future, we’re relying on Cambrian graduates to keep our workforce modern, qualified and ready,” said Angie Robson, Vale’s director, corporate affairs and sustainability, North Atlantic operations and Asian refineries.
“We’re happy to support Cambrian to make sure Sudbury remains the top resource for expertise in the workforce both locally and around the world.”
Company representatives were also treated to a reception and tour of the heavy equipment lab, led by students, including Stephanie Hogan, who graduated last year as a heavy equipment technician and is now enrolled in Cambrian’s Truck and Coach program.
“I’m interested in all engines, and being in the program has been a real eye-opener and has given me a feel for what’s real-world in this industry.”