Belleville, Ontario, April 24, 2013 – Loyalist College is pleased to announce that graduates of the new Construction Renovation Technician program, beginning in September 2013, will meet the academic requirements for certification with the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT). Graduates of the two-year program will have the opportunity to achieve professional certification as Certified Technicians (C.Tech.). The C.Tech. title is recognized by employers, governments, educational institutions and the public in Ontario and across Canada, and demonstrates a high standard of academic excellence.
“The OACETT certification demonstrates the high quality of the Construction Renovation diploma program,” says Jim Whiteway, Acting Dean, School of Skilled Trades and Technology. “This industry recognition acknowledges the expertise of our program development team and rigour of the curriculum provided, while clearly supporting the quality expectations we have for our graduates. We were excited to receive formal confirmation from OACETT, and look forward to working closely with them on this and all future projects.”
Approved by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, the new program combines academic excellence and hands-on training in energy-efficient residential building design and techniques. Graduates will be in high demand, as economists for the Construction Sector Council anticipate 111,000 new construction jobs will be created by 2019 while 208,000 construction workers will have retired.
“This new program will educate students on how to address day-to-day operational issues, proactively identify challenges and be strong on-site problem solvers,” said Loyalist President Maureen Piercy. “Graduates of the program will be familiar with both new construction and renovation building systems, and be well-prepared to fill the growing number of job openings in the construction sector.”
Loyalist College prepares students for a rewarding career by combining rigorous academic standards with hands-on training from industry experts. Programs range from apprenticeships and certificates to diplomas and post-graduate studies. Loyalist offers more than 60 full-time programs and 77 university transfer agreements around the world. The best testament to the College’s value is from students, 97 percent of whom say they would recommend Loyalist to a friend. Loyalist is committed to helping students find great jobs, as well as supporting and enhancing the economic and social development of all individuals in its communities.
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For more information contact: Jim Whiteway, Acting Dean, School of Skilled Trades and Technology, Loyalist College, 613-969-1913 ext. 2329, firstname.lastname@example.org