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To meet the needs of Canada’s shifting economy, colleges are offering limited-time free microcredentials

February 22, 2023 | By Anthony Capkun

February 22, 2023 – For a limited time, Canadians have access to fully funded microcredentials that aim to increase their skills and competencies “to meet the needs of Canada’s shifting economy”.

The Government of Canada is providing $46.5 million in funding to Canadian Colleges for a Resilient Recovery (C2R2), which is “developing demand-driven workforce training solutions for a clean economy […].

“The transition to the new low-carbon economy will demand a well-trained workforce, and Canada’s colleges and aligned institutions are well-equipped to develop and deliver the programs to prepare people for those exciting new careers,” said Ron J. McKerlie, president & CEO of Mohawk College, one of the C2R2 members.

With this funding, C2R2 has launched Quick Train Canada, offering microcredentials from select accredited institutions across Canada targeted at upgrading skills in crucial sectors targeted at Canada’s low-carbon economy—at no cost to students.

Students could be experienced tradespersons upgrading their skills to adapt to evolving green construction techniques, new graduates improving their understanding of sustainable manufacturing, or those planning for future cleantech or electric vehicle-focused job opportunities, explains C2R2.

“The first group of classes were launched four weeks ago,” explained Bill Steinburg, Public Affairs, Mohawk College, adding “There will be second cohort offers in most of the over-subscribed microcredentials, and 26 new [microcredentials] have been approved for registration soon.”

The goal is to have more than 80 offerings available once all four waves have been launched, Steinburg added.

The available microcredentials are offered in various formats, including hybrid, in-person, online at your own pace, or online scheduled. Again, more courses will be added in Spring/Summer 2023, then in the fall, and into winter 2024.

Canadian Colleges for a Resilient Recovery (C2R2) is a coalition of 14 colleges, cégeps, institutes, and polytechnics across Canada. Its administration and secretariat are through Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ont.

“We are very grateful for the strong support of Employment and Social Development Canada and the Sectoral Workforce Solutions Program as we work together to prepare Canadians for a promising future,” added McKerlie.

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