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(QMI Agency)



Sault College will help develop renewable energy curriculum that will be used in the Caribbean.


Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic, in Bridgetown, Barbados, is partnering with the Sault Ste. Marie school.


It’s one of six partnerships under Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada’s Caribbean Education for Employment program. The federal department is funding $440,000 over two years for the Sault College and SJPP collaboration.


President Ron Common, Colin Kirkwood, dean of environment, technology and business and Ted Newberry, chair of continuing education visited SJPP. Representatives from that school will visit Sault College in January.


“We will be meeting them with parkas,” Common told the college’s board of governors during a meeting on Thursday.


Sault College identified energy and environment as key priorities in 2005. The Brookfield Renewable Power Energy Training Centre opened in 2008. Related programs include renewable energy technician and renewable energy and green construction techniques.


The college wants an energy and environment studies institute on campus by 2022.


The two post-secondary institutions will work together to create solar, wind and energy auditing programs over the next two years.


There will be faculty exchanges and opportunities for Sault College students starting in April.


“We do envisage that will enjoy working together so much that it will lead to other initiatives,” said Common.


“They’re quite eager to discuss other opportunities and pathways for their students to come to Sault College as well. I’m quite enthusiastic about it.”


SJPP has eight academic divisions including agriculture, automotive and welding, business studies and electrical engineering.



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