New government funding will allow Lambton College to expand hands-on learning opportunities for students and graduates

SARNIA, June 18, 2018 – Lambton College has received new funding from the provincial government designed to help expand hands-on learning opportunities for students and recent graduates.

As part of the Career Kick-Start Strategy, the Career Ready Fund was launched to assist colleges and universities, employers and other organizations in the creation of experiential learning opportunities, and related supports designed to help students and recent graduates develop job relevant skills.

The strategy includes two streams of funding: Employer and Regional Partnerships, intended to develop and expand innovative and sustainable partnerships that create experiential learning opportunities, and New Grad Career Bridge, which supports the development of job-ready skills through the facilitation of internships and other hands-on opportunities for new graduates.

The first stream of the funding will be used to advance the development of Work Integrated Learning (WIL) projects aimed at providing an alternative option to a traditional co-op work experience. This new WIL Project will provide students with an opportunity to gain relevant, real-world, work experience through the development and implementation of a WIL Project. The WIL Project will enrich student success by combining the skills students learn through their program while providing valuable proposal development skills, project management techniques, and presentation skills via weekly workshops in a work simulated environment. Additionally, a portion of the funding will also be used toward the creation of new Capstone Courses, which are experiential learning projects that typically take place in the last year of a program, and involve major projects in partnership with industry or community organizations.

Through the New Grad Career Bridge Stream, the College’s Research & Innovation department is developing a new graduate student placement program that will provide opportunities for 10 graduate students in the area of Information Technology (IT), and Instrumentation, Control & Chemical Engineering. In conjunction with these placements, the College will also develop a training module that will be offered to half of the recipients prior to entering their placement.

Currently Lambton College hires graduate students from multiple academic programs including Chemical Production & Power Engineering Technology, Instrumentation & Control Engineering Technology, Information Technology Professional, and Business Administration to work in collaboration with faculty researchers and partner SMEs to carryout applied research activities. Through these research projects, students are exposed to hands on experiences that generate the development of important hard and soft skills such as critical thinking, applied research, project management, communication, and teamwork therefore increasing the graduate’s employability.

These funding streams greatly support the implementation of new strategies and courses that help create efficiencies and expansion of field placement opportunities, with the potential to provide up to 420 additional opportunities for students to gain hands-on, real-world learning experiences, arming students with the critical skills necessary to help them transition successfully into the workforce.

For media inquiries or more information:

Jami Kloet
Corporate Communications Coordinator
Lambton College
Telephone: 519-542-7751 ext. 3337
Mobile: 519-328-2081

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