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Kawartha Trades and Technology Centre launches fundraising campaign


Fleming College’s fundraising campaign for the Kawartha Trades and Technology Centre (KTTC) has already reached almost 19 per cent of its goal, it was announced today.

The college officially launched the campaign, Building Skills Shaping Futures, during a special event today at the Sutherland Campus.  The campaign has reached $185,000 of its $1 million goal with funds earmarked for infrastructure and capital equipment.

A generous $150,000 has been donated from a fund within the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough (CFGP), the Good Samaritan Hands Up Foundation.

“With this contribution, which has been raised within our own community, Fleming College has made a tremendous step forward in its fundraising campaign for the Kawartha Trades and Technology Centre,” said Fleming College President Tony Tilly. “These funds will benefit our students directly. By providing state-of-the-art equipment in a state-of-the-art learning environment, students will have a distinct advantage when they graduate.”

The Building Skills Shaping Futures Campaign Cabinet was also introduced at the event.

“We are pleased to have a diverse cross-section of individuals from our community who are willing and able to volunteer their time to support this worthwhile project,” said Campaign Co-chair Jay Amer.

“All of these individuals recognize the importance of training future generations for skilled trades and technology positions,” added Campaign Co-chair Craig McFarlane.

The KTTC is a unique endeavour that emphasizes partnerships with local industry and regional school boards, creating pathways to education for a range of individuals from secondary students through to adult learners. Construction on the 87,000-square-foot facility started in July and is expected to be completed in early 2014. There will be room to more than double our current capacity to 1,000 students once it is finished.

About the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough
The Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough fosters philanthropy through the creation and management of endowed and special funds. Its grants to registered charities enhance the quality of life for local citizens. It is part of a national network of more than 180 community foundations across Canada. The Foundation enables all residents to contribute to positive, lasting changes in our community.  The Good Samaritan Hands Up Foundation is a donor advised fund within the Community Foundation. It is a community initiative of Peterborough MP Dean Del Mastro, and is supported through community fundraising activities that are organized and executed by volunteers working to build a strong and vibrant Peterborough.

About Fleming College
Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 90 full-time programs in Business and Technology, Continuing Education and Skilled Trades, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, Visual Arts, Education, Health and Wellness, and Law, Justice and Community Services. Fleming College has 5,900 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and more than 63,000 alumni.

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For more information:                 

Laura Copeland, Communications Officer, 705-749-5530 x 1370 or copeland@flemingc.on.ca