Conestoga Community College in Guelph, Ontario, intends to lead the way as they embark on an initiative to achieve AED Foundation accreditation for their heavy-duty equipment programs. Conestoga would be the first school in Ontario and the second school in Canada, after Grande Prairie Regional College in Fairview, Alberta, to achieve this designation, which is considered by many to be the gold standard in the industry.
“We are excited about the progress Conestoga has made,” stated The AED Foundation’s Vice President Jason Blake. “It is our goal at The AED Foundation to have the same diesel technician industry standard throughout North America. Conestoga is already a
blue-ribbon school with great heavy-duty equipment and motive power technician apprenticeship programs. We are working closely with them to ensure a successful endeavor. We hope to have other Canadian schools that are currently AED Foundation Alliance, follow in Conestoga’s footsteps.” Other current AED Foundation Alliance schools in Canada include Centennial College in Toronto; Medicine Hat College in Medicine Hat, Alberta; and Northern Lights College in Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
Conestoga is one of Ontario’s fastest-growing colleges and a leader in polytechnic education. Its career-focused education programs – from apprenticeships to diplomas, degrees to post-graduate certificates, continuing education and part-time studies – all reflect Ontario’s changing job market and will help build the skills and knowledge that today’s employers are seeking.
Conestoga’s project-based learning model provides the hands-on experience that will prepare students for success in a wide range of potential careers – in business and hospitality, skilled trades, engineering and information technology, health and life sciences, community services, or media and design. Conestoga has established partnerships over the years with many successful local, national and international companies, resulting in program enhancements and significant career opportunities for students.
The School of Trades & Apprenticeship is the center of apprenticeship and skills training in Canada’s Technology Triangle. Conestoga offers a comprehensive array of programs in the construction, motive power, industrial and service sectors in response to the needs of industry and the growth in the local economy.
“We are thrilled to be working with The AED Foundation to achieve AED Foundation Accreditation,” stated incoming Trades and Apprenticeship Chair Joni Jean. “We consider ourselves to be at the forefront in educating the next generation of skilled technicians, and getting The AED Foundation’s seal of approval will further validate that.”