Holland College clarifies status of Steamfitting/Pipefitting program
August 28, 2017
Monday, August 28, 2017. Charlottetown, PE – Holland College vice president of programs, Dr. Sandy MacDonald, clarified the status of the college’s Steamfitting/Pipefitting program after MLA Steven Myers claimed that the program had been axed in a recent news release.
“In April 2017, after a lengthy analysis, we recommended that the Steamfitting/Pipefitting program be suspended for one year due to low enrolment numbers,” Dr. MacDonald stated. “Holland College management issued a one-year program suspension, so it was taken out of our course calendar for the 2017/18 academic year.”
“Program suspensions are a common occurrence at the college. It’s part of our standard operating procedure to suspend a program until labour market conditions improve and our graduates can find employment,” MacDonald said. “Our ability to reinstate programs can also be immediate as labour market conditions change. Our 2018/19 view book was printed last week, and the Steamfitting/Pipefitting program is being marketed for the 2018/19 academic year already.”
The Myers’ news release also mentioned a federal and provincial investment of $741,768 for upgrades and expansion. To date, 90 per cent of the work has been completed, including $364,000 in mechanical upgrades (air handling, HVAC, plumbing), $158,000 for building envelope (windows, doors, roof), $120,000 for electrical upgrades and $66,000 for interior upgrades. “Initially we had hoped to include a small addition to the building, but once all the tenders came back, we realized that the budget would only go far enough to cover the upgrading work and this was deemed a priority over the addition,” added MacDonald.
“Initially we had hoped to include a small addition to the building, but once all the tenders came back, we realized that the budget would only go far enough to cover the upgrading work and this was deemed a priority over the addition,” added MacDonald.
Holland College offers two other programs at the Georgetown Centre: Plumbing and Welding Fabrication. Both programs have robust enrolments.