In­sti­tute’s ready for Mon­day’s launch

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The On­tario Emerg­ing Jobs In­sti­tute will have open­ing day ac­tiv­i­ties on Mon­day.

But it’s still not too late to ap­ply.

“The (OEJI) con­tin­ues to ex­tend the op­por­tu­ni­ties to ap­ply to its unique pro­grams for jobs of the fu­ture,” said Kelly Berg­eron, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of the Corn­wall In­no­va­tion Cen­tre and lead for the OEJI project. “We’re happy to wel­come an ad­di­tional wave of stu­dents.”

Chat­nie Herne, the OEJI project man­ager, said that a year ago, last Jan­uary, the goal was hav­ing 160 stu­dents reg­is­tered.

“We set an am­bi­tious tar­get,” Herne said. “Right now we’re up to 120, and we have one more course that we’re push­ing un­til Feb. 18 (a se­cond dig­i­tal skills course).”

Berg­eron is very happy with the 120 num­ber.

“It’s awe­some – it’s a lot,” she said. “We orig­i­nally thought we’d at­tract stu­dents from mostly out­side this area. How­ever, 80 per cent are from this area, which is a pleas­ant sur­prise.”

The OEJI had its of­fi­cial launch in early Septem­ber, the pro­gram made pos­si­ble due to lo­cal part­ners and fund­ing re­ceived from the Min­istry of Train­ing, Col­leges and Uni­ver­si­ties.

The OEJI is con­sid­ered a unique five-to-10-week boot camp pro­gram and work place­ments for On­tario res­i­dents, with stu­dents train­ing for the grow­ing de­mand for skilled work­ers in ar­eas iden­ti­fied as high need. There are four learn­ing streams, in­clud­ing dig­i­tal skills, de­signed to equip stu­dents with skills nec­es­sary for a ca­reer in the dig­i­tal sec­tor, with cur­ricu­lum de­vel­oped as part of the Canada Learn­ing Code dig­i­tal skills pro­gram.

Other streams are agritech skills, busi­ness skills and blended learn­ing, which is de­signed to pre­pare ad­vanced learn­ers in the new econ­omy us­ing a com­bi­na­tion of in-per­son and on­line train­ing.

En­rol­ment con­tin­ues through the web­site’s ap­pli­ca­tion por­tal, as well as the mo­bile a pp( both iO Sand An­droid) un­til Mon­day. The pro­gram is open to all On­tar­i­ans and is free to all qual­i­fied ap­pli­cants.

Reg­is­ter at, or email ad­mis­[email protected]­wallinno­va­ The pub­lic is in­vited to at­tend Mon­day’s grand open­ing cer­e­mony, at 10 a.m. in the Lec­ture Theatre at Nav Cen­tre.

And after eight months of plan­ning, those in­volved in launch­ing OEJI are ex­cited about Mon­day.

“We’ve been work­ing so hard on this project, and we’ve set am­bi­tious goals,” Herne said. “We’ve al­ready met 90 per cent of the goals. We’ve pretty much reached ev­ery marker that we wanted to.”

There’ll be a Mon­day morn­ing ori­en­ta­tion ses­sion for stu­dents, and a tour of the fa­cil­i­ties. Corn­wall Mayor Ber­nadette Cle­ment will speak at the event, on the topic of en­trepreneur­ship, cre­ativ­ity and jobs of the fu­ture.

Af­ter­noon (1 to 3 p.m.) and evening (6 to 8:30 p.m.) classes of­fi­cially kick off after the ori­en­ta­tion ac­tiv­i­ties.

The CIC is an in­no­va­tion ecosys­tem de­signed to ig­nite ven­tures and pro­pel high-growth po­ten­tial busi­nesses.


The On­tario Emerg­ing Jobs In­sti­tute team, (from left) Sarah Barker (Agritech Skills in­struc­tor), David Juil­let (Busi­ness Skills cur­ricu­lum in­struc­tor), Chat­nie Herne (project man­ager), Kelly Berg­eron (Corn­wall In­no­va­tion Cen­tre ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor), Rod­ney Cry­der­man (Dig­i­tal Skills in­struc­tor, Blended Learn­ing in­struc­tor) and Thia An­thony (ad­min­is­tra­tive as­sis­tant).

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