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Donation of training and equipment increases hire-ability of SLC graduates ​


Students in St. Lawrence College’s (SLC) Wind Turbine Technician program will now be better prepared for the dangerous work atop wind turbines, thanks to a gift the College has received from TEAM-1 Academy.

The gift will allow students to receive specialized training that will provide them with the Global Wind Organization (GWO) and Ministry of Labour Working at Heights certifications, both of which are required for working on industrial-sized wind turbines. Receiving this training while at SLC will put our graduates in a stronger position to be hired, as currently most wind turbine companies are required to provide this expensive training to incoming employees.

“TEAM-1 Academy is the only company in Canada that meets GWO training requirements and with this donation, students will have a great opportunity and increased probability of being hired into the field,” said Shannon Claggett, Associate Dean, Applied Science and Computing, St. Lawrence College.

“As a leader in professional safety and rescue training across North America, TEAM-1 Academy is proud to be able to donate to the SLC Wind Technician program,” said Scott Connor, Chief of Training with TEAM-1 Academy. “We want the students to always be thinking about safety, and with the knowledge and the skills we’re providing in this training, we’re confident they will carry that safety mindset out in the field.”

On top of the training, TEAM-1 also donated eight climb harnesses to provide the students with a wide variety of industrial equipment to become familiar with before hitting the job market. The gift of climbing harnesses is part of the College’s Uncommon Campaign Evergreen Fund, which recognizes the ever-changing need to upgrade technology and industrial equipment to meet industry needs and produce career-ready graduates.

TEAM-1 Academy, is an industry leader providing services, equipment and training to the wind energy industry. Their support - valued at $62,500 in equipment and training – is the company’s first partnership with St. Lawrence College students.

Uncommon is the biggest, most ambitious campaign in SLC’s history. It sets the table for growth and innovation in our teaching and learning, enhances student life, and, as always, promotes collaboration with our communities.


For information:

Laura Tulchinsky
St. Lawrence College, Communications
613-544-5400, ext. 1291
Cell: 613-329-2451