Institute’s ready for Monday’s launch
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 www.oeji.ca, or email admis[email protected]wallinnovation.ca. 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).