PCL Construction supports skills training at NAIT
PCL Construction is providing NAIT with $500,000 in support of essential skills training.
“Today’s gift from PCL will be designated to capital infrastructure, as NAIT needs to grow,” said Dr. Glenn Feltham, NAIT president and CEO. “We need more space for classrooms, labs and shops, as well as student services. NAIT has embarked on the largest capital project in our history, with excavation for the Centre for Applied Technologies well underway at our Main Campus.”
The company is also providing SAIT Polytechnic with $500,000.
“We are committed to supporting the education and training of skilled workers in all places where we build in Canada, the United States and Australia,” said Paul Douglas, PCL president and CEO. “Our tradespeople are the forefront of what PCL construction is all about and that’s why we support NAIT and SAIT Polytechnic in their role in producing qualified tradespeople to help us build success with our partners.”
The support was announced at a news conference held at PCL Construction’s North American headquarters in Edmonton. During the event, Feltham and Dr. David Ross, president and CEO of SAIT Polytechnic, opened a yellow crate full of play money. On the lid was written “$1 million.”
“On behalf of everyone at NAIT, it is my pleasure to express our appreciation to PCL for this gift, which we accept with an eye on the future,” said Feltham.
More than 7,000 tradespeople work for PCL companies, up from 5,800 one year ago.
NAIT is one of Canada’s leading polytechnics, with almost 80,000 registrations worldwide in key areas including science, technology and the environment, business, health and trades. Known for real-world education and student success, NAIT also engages with business and industry in applied research and innovation and provides corporate training around the world. NAIT enrolled its first students in 1962.
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