Thursday, January 20th, 2011

St. Lawrence College Prepares Students for Green Jobs

Wind Farms

St. Lawrence College offers programs to qualify to be a wind turbine technician.

As Canada eyes a green economy, St. Lawrence College is preparing their graduates to work for environmentally conscious companies.

“Kingston is a centre for cutting edge technology. Investing in these students is paramount to ensuring Kingston remains a leader in the new clean energy economy,” said John Gerretsen, MPP Kingston and the Islands.

They are offering programs that train students for careers as:

  • Wind turbine technicians
  • Energy system engineers
  • Geothermal technicians
  • Other clean energy careers.

They also plan to build Eastern Ontario’s largest solar rooftop installation, by adding over 1,200 solar modules over three rooftops. They estimate that this project will generate over $200,000 each year. They will also install large television display screens, to show current and historical solar power generation, outdoor weather information, and how many tons of green house gas emissions they have saved by using solar power.

The college also claims that recent upgrades to their campus have saved them over $585,000 in energy costs each year.

“We are proud to be a leader in cutting-edge renewable energy technology education and innovation. We also take pride in improving our communities through green initiatives. We appreciate the support of the government to help build a cleaner energy future,” said Chris Whitaker, President and CEO of St. Lawrence College.

Ryan Leclaire
Author: Ryan Leclaire
Ryan has been writing for 7 years and has been featured in Chatelaine, Canadian Living and Cottage life.
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