Waterloo North Hydro (WNH) has expanded its scholarship program at Conestoga and will now fund four annual scholarships to give more students in the college’s trades programs the opportunity to receive financial assistance.
In addition to the scholarships, the utility has also donated four trucks to the Powerline Technician program over the last year. In total, WNH has donated more than $333,000 in donations and gifts-in-kind to Conestoga over the last nine years.
“We greatly appreciate the support we receive from Waterloo North Hydro,” said Conestoga President John Tibbits. “Their contributions enrich the learning experience and help better prepare our students for successful careers in the industry.”
In addition to the vehicle donations and scholarship support, WNH has also shared its industry knowledge and expertise with faculty and students through participation as program advisors.
“We are proud of our partnership with Conestoga College, and the support to the program through co-op job placements and full-time jobs for some graduates,” said WNH President and CEO Rene Gatien. “By donating materials and sharing our leadership, knowledge and experience with students in the program, we are helping to educate the next generation of lines people.”
Conestoga’s Powerline Technician program is delivered at the Ingersoll campus. The 12,000-square-foot training facility was developed to provide training programs in the electrical utilities powerline field and additional power-related programs as well as skilled trades programs that complement the industry. It is the only facility of its kind in southwestern Ontario.