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“Learning Loft” at Fleming thanks to $100k from Siemens

October 28, 2015 | By Renée Francoeur

Left to right: Laurel Schollen, Fleming’s VP academic, and Maxine Mann, dean of the School of Trades and Technology. Photo courtesy Siemens Canada.

October 28, 2015 – Siemens Canada says it has donated equipment, software and training valued at $100,000 to Ontario’s Fleming College School of Trades and Technology.

“Siemens Canada has been a long-time supporter of Fleming College,” said Tony Tilly, the college’s president. “They have provided funds for bursaries and academic awards as well as supported several of our capital campaigns.”

In recognition of their support, Fleming College has renamed an area of the Instrumentation Lab, located on the mezzanine level on its Sutherland campus in Peterborough, “The Learning Loft” which houses the majority of the donated equipment.

“Currently there are three programs that will benefit from the Learning Loft, training and support services provided by Siemens Canada—the Electrician Apprentice program, the Electrical Technician program and the Instrumentation and Control program,” said Maxine Mann, dean of trades and technology. “That is approximately 200 students a year, so this is a really important gift contributing to the success of so many students.”


The products donated by Siemens are from the factory automation and process instrumentation product portfolios, which are widely used in the automotive, food and beverage, chemical, O&G and other process industries, according to the company.

“In order for Canada to remain competitive and grow our manufacturing sector, we must nurture a skilled workforce and increase collaboration between industry and academics,” said Joris Myny, senior vice-president of Digital Factory and Process Drives with Siemens Canada. “With this in-kind donation, Fleming College now has the most innovative product portfolio to educate and train students so they have the advanced skills needed by Canadian industry.”

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