New energy training centre will help Alberta meet industry demand for skilled workers.
On August 26, Lakeland College officially opened its new state-of-the-art energy training centre at its Lloydminster campus.
The 2,400 sq. metre facility has a large power engineering and heavy oil lab, six breakout training rooms, two simulation theatres, specialized computer software programs and much more.
The new energy centre will provide students training in heavy oil and power engineering programs with world-class instruction, simulation and hands-on experience with leading-edge technology, equipment and techniques being used on worksites.
This real-world experience is helping students to develop the skills and knowledge required by today’s trades professionals and helping students gain the education needed to be successful in their lives and careers.
Alberta is one of the world’s leading energy producers and this new facility is helping to expand our province’s training capacity in a sector that is vital to strengthening our communities, diversifying our economy and securing our province’s and country’s prosperity.
The Government of Alberta is committed to working with post-secondary institutions, industry and other partners to continue to make skills training more accessible, practical and relevant for today’s students.
We provided $12.5 million in funding over three years (2011, 2012 and 2014) to help the college expand and develop its oil and gas training facilities and meet industry demand for skilled workers.