Investing in a well-trained workforce

Napanee District Secondary School students David Harrison, Tyson Pilbrow, and Kendra Bucholtz joined Cambrian College Professor and Power Engineering Program Co-ordinator Robert Baker, TransCanada's Napanee Generating Station Community Representative Peter Webster, TransCanada's Director of Eastern Canada Power Development John Mikkelsen and Cambrian College's Associate Vice-President of College Advancement Shawn Polland to launch a new series of Power Engineering scholarships for Napanee-area students.
TransCanada is helping Ontario meet its clean energy goals by replacing retiring coal-fired generation capacity through the development of a new, highly efficient power facility in Napanee that will generate hundreds of jobs and boost the local economy.
Power-full future ahead: Napanee District Secondary School students David Harrison, Tyson Pilbrow and Kendra Bucholtz joined Cambrian College Professor and Power Engineering Program Co-ordinator, Robert Baker, TransCanada’s Napanee Generating Station Community Representative, Peter Webster, TransCanada’s Director of Eastern Canada Power Development, John Mikkelsen, and Cambrian College’s Associate Vice-President of College Advancement, Shawn Polland, to launch a new series of Power Engineering scholarships for Napanee-area students.

TransCanada is helping Ontario meet its clean energy goals by replacing retiring coal-fired power generation capacity through the development of a new, highly efficient power facility in Napanee that will generate hundreds of jobs and boost the local economy.

The proposed Napanee Generating Station will be part of the community for decades and will require highly trained power engineers to oversee its safe and reliable operation. And there’s no better place to find these future employees than right in the project’s backyard. That’s why TransCanada has joined Cambrian College in establishing the Power Engineering Scholarship Program, which will support the training of local residents for careers in the electricity industry.

“Cambrian is very pleased to be partnering with TransCanada, an industry leader in power generation, not only in Ontario, but across Canada,” said Sonia Del Missier, Interim President, Cambrian College. “Access to higher education remains a priority for Ontario colleges, and financial barriers remain one of the top reasons why prospective students choose not to attend college. The establishment of the three scholarships for Cambrian’s Power Engineering program ensures that students from the Napanee area will be able to learn a skilled trade at Ontario’s leading educator of power engineers and will help TransCanada meet its future workforce needs.”

The partnership between TransCanada and Cambrian is the first of its kind. Scholarships will be available to residents of the Town of Greater Napanee, as well as residents of the Tyendinaga – Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte and Alderville First Nations.

TransCanada has committed to providing $60,000 towards these scholarships, which will cover a range of costs, including tuition, books and living expenses for the successful recipients. This initiative also includes qualifying experience opportunities with TransCanada at the Halton Hills Generating Station and Portlands Energy Centre.

Students will gain invaluable experience working with energy sector professionals on a daily basis, learning practical skills and gaining the necessary knowledge needed to help them achieve the careers in the power industry.

“We are very pleased to partner with Cambrian College on this exciting new initiative,” said Terry Bennett, TransCanada’s vice-president of Eastern Power Growth. “We have been working with the Town of Greater Napanee for months now, sharing our plans for the proposed Napanee Generating Station, answering questions and listening to concerns in an open and transparent manner. We consider this power facility to be a long-term partnership with the Town of Greater Napanee and the surrounding community. We hope that the scholarships at Cambrian will further reinforce our partnership with community while providing students with invaluable experience.”

To be eligible, students must first apply to Cambrian College through the Ontario College Application System and be accepted into the Power Engineering program.

The first of the two-year scholarships will be awarded in May 2014, with students beginning their summer work at Halton Hills Generating Station or Portlands Energy Centre in the summer of 2015.

For further information about the award, including how to apply and application deadlines, please visit the Cambrian College website CambrianCollege.ca.

The proposed Napanee Generating Station is an essential component of Ontario’s future power system. The facility will provide a number of economic benefits, including approximately 600-750 construction-related jobs and 25 long-term jobs, resulting in approximately $4 million in annual salaries. The facility will contribute approximately $1 million annually in local taxes.

TransCanada is also holding public information sessions with the Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario to provide information about job opportunities for residents in the Napanee area. Construction on the Napanee Generating Station is expected to begin in late 2014 or early 2015 and is expected to generate as many as two million hours of work for skilled tradespeople and management personnel.

For more information about the Napanee Generating Station, visit the project’s website at: NapaneeGS.com.

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