News Archives: Motion Canada invests $100,000 in GPRC Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) program
Thursday, April 12th, 2018
GRANDE PRAIRIE – Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC) Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) students will get specialized training on new equipment with the investment of $100,000 into the College’s Industrial Mechanic shop which will now be called the Motion Canada Millwright shop.
“For Motion Canada, that’s a big investment into future students and their own future,” said Ray Anema, who graduated from GPRC’s Millwright program in 2016. “It’s important to me because the College helped me succeed. The instructors helped me in my career, so to see them turn around and succeed, it’s a positive thing.”
The donation is the first of its kind for Motion Canada in Alberta and demonstrates the company’s commitment to the Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) apprenticeship program at GPRC.
“Motion Canada has the best employees in the business,” said Dermot Strong, President of Motion Canada. “That’s because we’re all about learning, growing and partnering for success – with our teams, our suppliers, our customers and our communities. When the opportunity to partner with the GPRC Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) Program arose, we jumped at the chance. This donation is our way of helping our community of Millwrights grow and helping future Motion Canada employees and customers succeed.”
GPRC will use the funding to update both its hardware and software for vibrational analysis equipment, increase hydraulic trainer units and add an additional milling machine to the Motion Canada Millwright Shop on the Grande Prairie campus. This donation will greatly increase GPRC students’ access to the training aids they require to continue their education with this state-of-the-art equipment.
“GPRC students using the Motion Canada Millwright Shop will benefit from Motion Canada for years by getting the best training on the latest equipment from GPRC’s highly qualified instructors,” said President and CEO Don Gnatiuk. “It is the support of community and industry leaders like Motion Canada that make it possible for the College to continue to ensure the economic success of our region’s industries.”
GPRC’s instructors would stay late and use their personal time with students to help them study to learn a concept, said Anema, who has worked at Canfor in Grande Prairie since graduating from GPRC. So to see an industry leader such as Motion Canada put more resources in the classroom for instructors is exciting.
“It happened time and time again I saw the instructors go out of their way to help students,” he said. “Those guys were always there and that’s pretty awesome.”
GPRC is a comprehensive community institution, publicly supported to provide opportunities in post-secondary education in northwestern Alberta. Established in 1966 in Grande Prairie, GPRC now includes campuses in Fairview and Grande Prairie, and learning centres in Edson, Grande Cache, Hinton and Jasper. GPRC offers a wide variety of career certificates and diplomas, pre-employment and apprenticeship trades, university transfer studies, and several opportunities for on-campus degree completion at baccalaureate and master levels through collaborations with four-year universities. For more information, visit gprc.ab.ca.
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