Almost one year to the day after the official opening of the Kawartha Trades and Technology Centre (KTTC), Fleming College today unveiled a special project created by the students and faculty of the School of Trades and Technology in honour of the donors who made leadership gifts to the campaign.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for joining us on this journey – from concept through the construction, official opening and of course today. Your support has helped us to provide a world-class facility where students can pursue their dreams of a quality education in trades and technology. The energy in the air each day as students discover new concepts, and are able to put them into practice, is infectious and it’s there because of your support,” said George Gillespie, Vice-Chair of Fleming’s Board of Governors.
Maxine Mann, Dean of the School of Trades and Technology, said the KTTC has attracted new students to the trades.
“We have come a long way over the past three years from our home at the McRae Building. The opening of KTTC has allowed for more learning space and has drawn students from all over with its state-of-the-art equipment and shop facilities,” she said.
“Over 700 students are enrolled in trades and technology programs. The KTTC is being used by full-time students in trades and technology programs, selected business and justice programs, apprenticeship students and dual credit high school students as well,” Mann added.
Donors were asked to bring a small item or photo to the event. Items will be catalogued and placed in a tube within the donor wall as a time capsule to be opened in 2067, on the occasion of Fleming College’s 100th anniversary.
The “Building Skills, Shaping Futures” campaign raised a total of $1,889,440. Of that, $1,237,942 went to fund capital equipment and infrastructure, $311,641 was earmarked for student financial assistance, and another $339,857 was for in-kind gifts of service, product and equipment.
About the KTTC
In Fall 2014, Fleming College opened a new $36.6 million, 87,000 square foot trades and technology skills training facility located on the college’s Sutherland Campus in Peterborough. The Kawartha Trades and Technology Centre (KTTC), through a unique partnership with education and industry, teaches and trains students from area secondary schools, Fleming College and regional industry. The facility provides new space and equipment for training in such areas as carpentry, welding, electrical and plumbing. The KTTC features state-of-the-art, sustainable shop facilities, smart-wired classrooms, and labs with the newest technology. It offers offer all students access to a full suite of services and supports and a vibrant campus life.
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 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Science, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 5,800 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 68,000 alumni.
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