The On­tario Emerg­ing Jobs In­sti­tute launches in Corn­wall

Seaway News - - News - NICK SEEBRUCH ni­cholas.seebruch@tc.tc

CORN­WALL, On­tario - The On­tario Emerg­ing Jobs In­sti­tute (OEJI) of­fi­cially launched at the Nav Cen­tre on Wed­nes­day, Sept. 5.

The In­sti­tute prom­ises to train 160 stu­dents in post-se­condary level ed­u­ca­tion for free in four dif­fer­ent learn­ing streams.

The dead­line to ap­ply for one of the pro­grams is Oct. 31 with classes start­ing Jan. 14. Each pro­gram is sched­uled to run for 10 weeks. Each pro­gram will also come with a three-month work place­ment to bridge the gap be­tween the class­room and the work­place.

OEJI will be work­ing un­der the um­brella of the Corn­wall In­no­va­tion Cen­tre (CIC). CIC Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Kelly Berg­eron ex­plained the work that went into mak­ing the In­sti­tute pos­si­ble.

“This has been a short process that felt like a long process,” she said.

Berg­eron in­tro­duced the many or­ga­ni­za­tions in­volved in mak­ing the new In­sti­tute a re­al­ity. Big Catch Com­mu­ni­ca­tions out­lined the ag­gres­sive mar­ket­ing strat­egy that they de­vel­oped to meet the In­sti­tute’s goal of at­tract­ing 160 stu­dents. Ryan Seale of Seale Strate­gies cre­ated the web­site, an app for stu­dents and em­ploy­ers was cre­ated by Me­dia Plat­forms and Blue Ocean worked on the Sales­force in­te­gra­tion be­tween the In­sti­tute’s web­site and the app.

In all, OEJI hopes to have 40 stu­dents in each of their four streams. Their four learn­ing streams include Agri-tech, Dig­i­tal Skills, Busi­ness Skills and Blended Learn­ing.

The cur­ricu­lum for the Dig­i­tal Skills pro­gram is be­ing de­vel­oped by Canada Learn­ing Code, a na­tion­wide or­ga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to teach­ing dig­i­tal skills to Cana­di­ans.

Canada Learn­ing Code Co-founder and CEO Melissa Sar­if­fodeen was at the OEJI launch on Wed­nes­day and ex­plained that this In­sti­tute has been a long time in the mak­ing.

“I re­mem­ber talk­ing to Kelly in San Fran­cisco and she told me how much Canada Learn­ing Code was needed in Corn­wall,” said Sar­if­fodeen. “Canada Learn­ing Code is proud to be part­ner­ing with her on this project.”

Berg­eron ex­plained that the Blended Learn­ing stream com­bined on­line, and in-per­son learn­ing and aimed to teach shills in ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence, in­ter­net of things, quan­tum com­put­ing and more.

While ad­mis­sion into the pro­grams are free, OEJI will still be of­fer­ing schol­ar­ships for stu­dents who might be fac­ing other fi­nan­cial hur­dles, such as room and board. Berg­eron says that in to­tal, OEJI has $100,000 in schol­ar­ships that can be given away on a need-by-need ba­sis.

Ap­pli­ca­tions are open now at oeji.ca

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