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Tower construction will provide new training opportunities

As part of SLC’s ongoing campus revitalization projects, a new firefighter training tower on the Brockville campus will provide vital training opportunities for students in this program.

Among the dozens of features of the training tower are: three useable stories for evolutions where independent or combined exercises can be performed; a pitched, shingled roof for roof ladder evolutions; and a vertical caged ladder of the industrial type for simulated factory rescues.
“This training tower takes our program to a whole new level, giving our students training opportunities we’ve never had before,” said Gary Rutley, Coordinator of the Firefighter program. “This tower will augment the training capabilities of the other fire departments in the area, making our students even more hirable with this level of experience.”
This investment is part of the Knowledge Infrastructure Program, the federal government’s two-year, $2-billion plan to repair and expand research and educational facilities at colleges and universities across Canada and Ontario’s commitment to invest $780 million in its colleges and universities to modernize facilities and boost the province’s long-term research and skills training capacity over the next two years.
Last June SLC announced $1.3 million in Knowledge Infrastructure Program funding for its Brockville campus. This money will help fund projects that will greatly improve the learning environment for our students, such as modernizing laboratories and classrooms, as well as accommodating increasing enrolment.

“Recently our Key Performance Indicators for the college were released, our Graduate Employment Rate of over 89% is the highest amongst colleges in Ontario. Considering the worldwide economic climate, this is a strong indicator that college prepares students well and they are in high demand in the workforce.” said Chris Whitaker, President and CEO, St. Lawrence College. “The improvements at SLC, like the new Fire Tower, will ensure that the College continues to attract students and train graduates for the jobs of the future.”
In five years enrolment on the Brockville campus is expected to grow to more than 700 students from its current population of nearly 500. This growth is being accommodated in the existing building through the re-purposing and modernization of existing areas. This project will also provide additional facilities required to accommodate growth in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, Music Theater Performance program, and more.