Sept. 17, 2001

George Brown College and Electronics Workbench awarded TVOntario grant for on-line learning

TORONTO, CANADA, Sept. 17, 2001 - TVOntario, through the auspices of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities has awarded George Brown College and Electronics Workbench a grant to create new opportunities for students to study electronics and to learn critical job skills through a unique on-line electronics program. The $1.1 million project will enhance the existing award-winning electronics distance education program offered by George Brown College by providing students with a virtual campus with access to a host of real-time support tools.

Joe Koenig, CEO of Electronics Workbench describes the TVOntario grant as "an opportunity to fully utilize and integrate lab simulation with state-of-the-art curriculum and learning methodologies".

The original CD-ROM based program attracted over 3,000 students and the new program is expected to meet or exceed this number over the next 2 - 3 years. "Our goal is to provide relevant skills-based electronics training to meet the needs of students, employers, and industry by using the latest educational technologies" says Colin Simpson, Dean of George Brown's Centre for Continuous Learning. According to Simpson, 80% of the graduates of the program found employment in the electronics field and the demand for electronics skills has never been higher.