Lambton college expanding micro-credential programs

Lambton College in Sarnia. May 2021. (Photo by Lambton College)

Lambton College will be adding to its complement of micro-credential programs thanks to an investment from the Ontario government.

A total of $697,000 will go toward the creation of a minimum of 13 new industry demanded training sets.

Vice President of Research and Innovation Mehdi Sheikhzadeh said it will help more learners in Sarnia-Lambton rapidly upskill and reskill for in-demand jobs.

“The purpose of this funding is to provide support to the healthcare system, particularly in collaboration with the leadership at division care homes and other care homes in the region,” said Sheikhzadeh. “The hope is that this is going to build a platform that supports homes even beyond our region.”

Micro-certificates are grouped by program pathways, including e-developer, food service worker, PSW and welding fundamentals.

Sheikhzadeh said students can take the courses they need, when they need them, as part of the flexible education option.

“Since late 2020, we have had over 3,200 registrations for our micro-credential programs. We have developed over 100 micro-credential programs, some are standalone and some are stackable. These numbers are showing clearly our success in serving the non-traditional audience of students and the upskilling and reskilling that’s needed in our region.”

The funding is part of the province’s $15 million investment to accelerate the development of micro-credentials across Ontario.

“Expansion of these rapid training initiatives at Lambton College will help learners develop in-demand skills so they can immediately contribute to a future-proof workforce that will deliver on Ontario’s most urgent priorities,” said Sarnia-Lambton MPP Bob Bailey. “From technology to health, human resources, our government’s support of micro-credentials will help meet the local labour needs of Sarnia-Lambton, benefitting not just learners, but also employers.”

All of the information can be found on Lambton College’s website.