Today is Aviation DayFriday, November 01, 2013 by: SooToday.com Staff
DAVID ORAZIETTI, MPP
The Open House was held to showcase Sault College’s flagship program facilities and fleet of aircraft at the new Aviation Hangar.
The community was also invited to participate in a state-of-the-art flight simulation at Sault College.
“In 2011, the province provided $519,350 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund towards Sault College’s Aviation Infrastructure Development Project and today, the public is able to see how that funding has contributed to the enhancement of the Aviation program,” said Orazietti. “Our government’s investment has helped to support new infrastructure, strengthen this academic program and create high quality jobs.”
The NOHFC’s Infrastructure and Community Development Program supported the Sault College Aviation Program to complete the second phase of their Aviation Infrastructure Development Project.
Provincial funding allowed Sault College to build new classroom and training spaces, acquire a new flight simulator, purchase flight tracking technology and upgrade to new radio and navigation systems.
Since the completion of the two-phase Infrastructure Development Project, Sault College has seen enrollment in the flagship Aviation program climb by 25 percent and has added seven internal full-time positions.
“Sault College is considered one of the best flight schools in Canada and provides a high quality Aviation training experience,” said Dr. Ron Common, President, Sault College. “The College’s impressive aviation centre which includes a hangar and maintenance/repair facility and learning spaces are key elements to ensure the Aviation program maintains its competitive position in the post-secondary market. We are grateful for the federal and provincial investments that made this facility possible.”
Since October 2003, the NOHFC has approved over $890 million, towards more than 5,800 projects, leveraging over $3.2 billion in investment.
We are helping create or sustain over 23,000 jobs and work placements across the North.
In Sault Ste. Marie, the NOHFC has approved $78,368,950 in funding for 756 different projects that helped maintain or create 2,559 jobs.