Tomas Tales: Niagara College Receives 1.4 Million for Automotive Lab

NC $Tomas Tales April 26, 2016

Well a big thumbs up from here!

Niagara College has picked up $1.4 million dollars in provincial funding for a Green Tech Automotive Lab from Ontario’s Apprenticeship Enhancement Fund program.

The 3,600-square-foot Green Tech Automotive Lab will be an extension of the existing automotive facility at the Welland Campus’s Rankin Technology Centre.
It will include open bays, a work area and classroom, and will house the latest in green automotive technology, including electric charging stations, alternate fuel technology, diagnostic equipment, green technology simulators and electric and hybrid vehicles.

College President Dan Patterson says Niagara College is a leader in sustainability and they are pleased to build on the renewable technologies offered through the automotive programs and are grateful for the Provincial Government’s investment.

Construction of the Green Tech Automotive Lab will begin this June, with completion slated for March of next year.

Niagara College has a long-standing partnership with Canadian Motor Speedway, signing a memorandum of understanding in July of 2014 that covers a broad range of areas to create hands-on learning and research opportunities for students.
NC’s Motive Power applied research program opportunities with CMS may include the testing of green-energy vehicles, co-op placements, recruitment events and collaboration with other post secondary institutions.

In addition, The College’s food and hospitality related programs will also utilize CMS events and functions for learning and practical experience.

It’s been a mandate of Canadian Motor Speedway to establish long-term partnerships with world class and Ontario-based educational institutions that can broaden the scope of the research and development component of CMS, taking all involved to a higher level of excellence.

It’s outstanding to see The Provincial Government support a CMS partner with the funds they need for vital improvements and advancements.

Tale Pipes: Merrittville Speedway St.Catharines/Thorold has just launched their 65th consecutive season, long established as Canada’s oldest and longest operating dirt track. Ransomville Speedway, under new ownership, lifts the lid on season 59 May 6th, with Humberstone Speedway in Port Colborne swinging open their gates for their 57th campaign May 1st.