The Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists

Endowment fund established to support St. Clair College engineering technology students

St. Clair College, the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT) and Industrial Drive Services today announced the creation of a $23,500 endowment to fund an annual financial award for engineering technology students enrolled at St. Clair College. The new fund is made possible through a leadership gift from OACETT’s Carole and George Fletcher Foundation, generously matched by Industrial Drive Service, and a contribution from the College.

Waseem Habash, College Associate VP Academics, made the announcement at the College main lobby this morning before guests who included faculty members and representatives from OACETT’s Essex Chapter.

St. Clair College President Dr. John Strasser commented, "This fund is a significant way to highlight the value of education in engineering technology for the future. We are delighted that our program at St. Clair College has been recognized as a place to invest with such a generous gift and from such an important partnership. We are grateful for the confidence that it represents in the kind of innovative training that we offer throughout the college."

The Industrial Drive Services/OACETT Engineering Technology Fund will provide a $1,000 bursary each year in perpetuity to a student studying in an OACETT recognized engineering technology or applied science program. Students enrolled in their first, second or third year will be able to apply for this financial support.

“We are thrilled that Industrial Drive Services and St. Clair College have decided to partner with OACETT on this important initiative”, remarked David Tsang, A.Sc.T., Chair of the Board of Trustees, Carole and George Fletcher Foundation.

“As technical professionals, I feel strongly we have a duty to give back to our profession and that's why I contributed to help establish this fund. Supporting St. Clair students is an important investment in the future of the profession”, commented Daryl Keys, C.E.T., President, Industrial Drive Services.

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Founded in 1957, OACETT is the professional association that promotes the interests of Engineering and Applied Science Technicians and Technologists in industry, educational institutions, with government and with the public. OACETT is Ontario’s independent certifying body for engineering and applied science technicians and technologists. The Carole and George Fletcher Foundation bursary program administered by OACETT assists young people across the province pursue careers in engineering and applied science technology. Since awarding its first bursary in 1987, the Foundation has recognized over 300 deserving students across Ontario.

About St. Clair College

St. Clair College is Canada’s southernmost postsecondary education institution with four campuses serving over 8,000 full time learners and 20,000 part time lifelong learners in Windsor‐Essex and Chatham‐Kent. St. Clair College’s educational focus is in the areas of Health and Community Wellness, International Manufacturing and Trade, and Creative Arts, Hospitality and Tourism. St. Clair College has the distinction of being the largest provider of applied health science education of any postsecondary institution in Ontario. The College is focused on graduating people with highly employable skills who are positioned to contribute to the economic growth and success of our economy, within our community, across the country and around the world.

About Industrial Drive Service

Established in 1988, Industrial Drive Service (IDS)is an advanced, custom design systems house, assembling/manufacturing, programming and installing DC and AC variable speed drive‐motor control systems which are, in turn, integrated into wide variety of industrial applications, including metal processing lines, materials handling equipment, automation applications & process control machinery. IDS is headquartered in Hensall, Ontario.

For further information, please contact:

Richard Stamper
Manager, Business Development
Ph: 416‐621‐9621, ext. 250

John Fairley
Vice President
St. Clair College
Ph: 519‐972‐2762
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