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TVO launches online education programs

TVOntario gave a new boost to education programming with the introduction of eight innovative online educational programs.
TVOntario Chair Isabel Bassett (right) and MTCU Minister Dianne Cunningham look on as Angelo Voulokos (electronics training co-ordinator at George Brown College) demonstrates the new Electronics Technician Online course at TVOntario's education programming launch.

Isabel Bassett, chair and CEO of TVOntario, Ms. Marilyn Mushinski, parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities and MPP (Scarborough Centre), and partners from the business and educational sectors recently presented the programs developed through TVOntario's Lifelong Learning Challenge Fund.

Chosen from among 34 proposals, the eight projects were the result of the $10 million in private and public development. They have created eight new approaches to education, 20 individual courses, and more than 1,000 hours of new learning for the people of Ontario.

The projects are:
  • In Good Hands (safe food handling)
  • Nursing Degree Completion
  • Welding Theory Online
  • Blueprints Auto Engine Electronics
  • Automotive Manufacturing
  • Electronics Technician Online
  • E-Commerce for Small Business

    "Blueprints meets a real need. It will enable employees to upgrade their skills in a way that is both cost-effective and learning effective," said Liz Oak, HR manager, Dufferin Construction.

    "Our commitment in offering our new online courses is to provide flexible access to much-needed professional advancement for nurses in professional practice," said Dr. John Corlett, dean, faculty of applied health sciences, Brock University. "For those whose ultimate goal is to complete a degree in nursing, these courses offer a great alternative to regular classroom attendance."

    The Lifelong Learning Challenge Fund was launched in July 2000 to attract matching funds from private and public partners to work with TVOntario in developing new and necessary online workplace training programs.

    The fund, made possible by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, successfully provided incentives to the private sector to become involved in new approaches for skills training to help fill critical gaps in today's labour market.

    "This is a wonderful example of effective multi-sectoral partnership. This type of collaboration between government and partners from the business and education sectors will benefit workers across Ontario," said TVO's Isabel Bassett.

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