Georgian College

Georgian College

November 17, 2008 15:30 ET

Georgian College Opens First in Canada Training Centre

Grand Opening Nov. 21

Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, Education Editor, News Editor, Tech/Telecomm Editor OWEN SOUND/ONTARIO/MEDIA ADVISORY--(Marketwire - Nov. 17, 2008) - Grand opening of Great Lakes International Marine Simulation and Research Centre
Friday, Nov. 21, at 1:30 p.m.
Note: Media preview with photo opportunities available at 12:30 p.m.
Georgian College, Owen Sound, 1450 8th St. E.

The $8-million Great Lakes International Marine Simulation and Research Centre is the first of its kind in Canada. It features four state-of-the-art simulators of ship bridges and engine rooms with computer generation and projection. The centre also includes a world-class full mission ship simulator, which features a 360-degree view of harbours and waterways around the world. The experience is so real, when rough seas are simulated, trainees have reported feeling motion sickness.

With global marine traffic set to triple in the next 20 years and a worldwide shortage of ships' officers and seafarers, the centre will catapult Georgian College to the top of the class in marine training and education. It will train the college's own students as well as captains and crew from vessels across the Great Lakes and mariners from overseas. It will also operate as a research facility.

The grand opening will include local and provincial dignitaries, representatives from the marine industry and Georgian College, and Marine Engineering Technology and Marine Navigation - Technology students.

Note: This is by invitation only and is not open to the general public.
/For further information: Media Inquiries: Sharon Burkhart, Manager, Corporate Communications, (705) 728-1968, ext. 1043 or sburkhart@georgianc.on.ca or Melissa Scanlan, Communications Specialist (705) 728-1968, ext. 1007 or mscanlan@georgianc.on.ca.

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