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New Mobile Heavy Equipment Training Lab is a Win-Win for Students and Employers

Harper Government Investment Will Help Fill Growing Industry Demand

SWIFT CURRENT, SASKATCHEWAN -- (Marketwired) -- 03/18/14 -- Western Economic Diversification Canada

Great Plains College will create a mobile simulation lab for its Heavy Equipment Operator (HEO) training program to help meet increased demand for skilled graduates thanks to federal funding of $230,000 announced today by David Anderson, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Member of Parliament for Cypress Hills-Grasslands, on behalf of the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification.

With this investment, Great Plains College will purchase the simulator equipment for mobile labs, including grader, excavator, loader, dozer and scraper simulators. The equipment will be used for year-round training and will be housed in customized trailers that can travel to the College's satellite campuses, employer job sites and anywhere there is a need in the province. Through a partnership, Kramer Ltd. will fund the installation, training and construction costs for the program.

Quick Facts

--  Heavy Equipment Operators (HEOs) work in more than 80 sectors in
    Saskatchewan from road and oil field construction to mining and
    manufacturing operation. 
--  By including mobile simulation equipment training in their applied
    certificate training program, Great Plains College will be able to
    increase the number of certified HEO graduates from 12 to 32 students
    per year while decreasing tuition fees for students and adding a new on-
    site course for employed HEOs who want to refresh their skills. 
--  Kramer Ltd., founded in 1944, is the Caterpillar dealer for the province
    of Saskatchewan. Kramer serves the industries of road building, mining,
    oil and gas, agriculture, electric power generation, material handling
    and forestry from seven locations across Saskatchewan.

Quotes

"With our Government's support, Great Plains College's new mobile simulator equipment will mean better training will be available to more students at a lower cost. Employers will benefit from better access to the skilled employees they need to support their continued growth and competitiveness."

David Anderson, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Member of Parliament for Cypress Hills-Grasslands

"We are proud to be involved in the education and development of equipment operators as they build their skills for long-term careers in the construction industry. Simulator training is a proven method for students to gain familiarity with safe operational techniques of heavy equipment, and we are pleased to be part of this project with Great Plains College."

Devin Wallin, Marketing Manager, Kramer Ltd.

"We are grateful for the support of Western Economic Diversification Canada and for our partnership with Kramer. This project will help to train a more highly-skilled heavy equipment operator at a lower cost to the student. As a regional college, we are committed to finding innovative ways to provide high-quality educational opportunities that meet labour demand."

Dr. David Keast, President & CEO, Great Plains College

Additional Links

Great Plains College: http://www.greatplainscollege.ca/swift_current

Kramer Ltd.: http://www.kramer.ca/heavy-construction/overview.html

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Contacts:
Rhonda Shymko
Acting Communications Manager
Western Economic Diversification Canada
306-975-6980
[email protected]

Marc Butikofer
Director of Development
Great Plains College
Swift Current, Saskatchewan
306-778-5456
[email protected]

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