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gary cronkwright bursary

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on May 14, 2009 by ruyoung

i used to work for an organisation that represented the 24 ontario colleges in a corporate training capacity. the ceo is retiring, and the organisation has started a bursary in his name, one that i think is incredibly awesome and worthy of spreading the news:

CON*NECT is pleased to pleased to announce the creation of the Gary Cronkwright Bursary. This bursary will be awarded on the basis of academic achievement and demonstrated financial need to a college student enrolled in the Skilled Trades program. Preference will be granted to applicants with superior academic ability and who are leaders in their community. We hope to help students who face financial barriers to post-secondary education move forward, in honour of the excellent work Gary has done on behalf of CON*NECT and the college system.

If you would like to donate to the fund, in celebration of Gary’s 40+ years spent in the Ontario college system, please makes cheques payable to CON*NECT Strategic Alliances, clearly indicating the payment is for G. Cronkwright Bursary. Donations can be sent to:

CON*NECT Colleges of Ontario Network for Education and Training
210 Adelaide St W
Toronto, ON
M5H 1W7

perhaps you can contribute?

this is an incredible opportunity for students entering into the skilled trades, and named after someone who dedicated more than 40yrs to the ontario college system.

all the best in your retirement, gary!

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a $1.5billion investment for skilled trades in ontario

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on March 26, 2008 by ruyoung

skilled trades and education were clearly the two winners in the ontario provincial budget announcement this week.

the skilled trades shortage is growing every day, and by 2030 ontario alone will be short nearly 360,000 skilled trades workers – these are the folks that help to build our libraries, maintain our schools, install plumbing in our condos, and lay down the cable for our internet everywhere.

the ontario government announced an investment of $1.5billion for a skills to jobs action plan, which includes $75million to increase apprenticeship programs, $355million over 3yrs for a second career strategy that will help 20,000 unemployed workers transition into new careers and well-paying jobs in growing areas of the economy, and $200million for colleges to purchase modern equipment for apprenticeship training and for maintenance and renewal of university facilities.

“we made a choice, we’ve chosen to invest in skills and training. we have chosen to invest in education.” said provincial finance minister dwight duncan.

with this announcement, the provincial government has also asked that richard florida study the changing composition of ontario’s workforce and economy.

this is all very good news for the state of education and skilled trades in ontario.