January 29, 2020

By VANDA DOBRITOIU

Conestoga College is offering 24 lucky students interested in trades a free education.

Funded by the Government of Ontario, the college is accepting applications for their two new pre-apprenticeship programs: pre-apprenticeship general machinist and pre-apprenticeship commercial vehicle and equipment technician.

The pre-apprenticeship general machinist program, offered at the Doon campus, will give students a peek into trades such as general machinist, machine tool builder integrator, toolmaker and tool and die maker. The program runs full time for 32 days and it has eight weeks of work placement experience integrated in the course.

The second program, pre-apprenticeship commercial vehicle and equipment technician, which will be held at the Guelph campus, also runs for 32 days and has eight weeks of work experience integrated. This program will train its students for trades such as heavy duty equipment, truck and coach, power lift truck and farm equipment technician.

“I think it’s a good idea,” said Alejandro Romero, a second-year architectural construction engineering technologies student. “The people that like these trades have a great opportunity ahead of them, especially if they come from low-income families.”

For more information, contact Kristen Goetz at 519-748-5220, ext. 5484 (Doon) or 519-824-9390, ext. 5484 (Guelph), or email Goetz at kgoetz@conestogac.on.ca