Bringing continuing education deep into the heart of Brampton

From left to right, members of the Industrial Distribution Program steering committee: Rossana Gorys, Associate Director, Continuing and Professional Studies, Sheridan; Paul Meo, President and CEO, NTN Bearing Corporation of Canada Ltd.; Cindy Russell, Sales Director Canada, Continental ContiTech; Dr. Janet Morrison, President, Sheridan; Hazel McCallion, Chancellor of Sheridan; Jos Sueters, Vice President, Tsubaki of Canada Limited; Matt McCloy, Director of Sales & Marketing, Regal Beloit Canada ULC; Vanessa Antonoff, Branch Manager, BDI Canada Inc.; Nazlin Hirji, Executive Director, Continuing and Professional Studies, Sheridan. Photo: NTN Bearing Corporation of Canada Ltd.

Sheridan’s ongoing commitment to supporting local communities is reflected in a pair of recent partnerships with Brampton organizations.

Several Continuing and Professional Studies (CAPS) courses are now being offered out of the Four Corners Branch Library in downtown Brampton, while a 16-week program designed to address a shortage of skilled industrial distribution and manufacturing workers began at Davis Campus in January.

“That’s our purpose in CAPS: determine what the gaps are in our community, and how we can fill them,” says Nazlin Hirji, Executive Director, Continuing and Professional Studies. “We want industry to tell us what they need, and then we help solve that problem.”

In addition to making continuing education more accessible for area citizens, the partnership with Four Corners Branch Library aims to increase the library’s membership and make use of underutilized space.

Course offerings were determined by identifying the CAPS courses that were already most popular among Brampton residents.

The Industrial Distribution Program (IDP) is sponsored by an industry sector educational partnership with area manufacturers and distributors of premium power transmission products, including NTN Bearing Corporation of Canada, Tsubaki of Canada Ltd., Continental, Regal Beloit Corporation and BDI Canada Inc.

Each company presents workshops as part of the eight-week IDP curriculum, after which students are eligible for an eight-week paid work placement with employers in the industrial distribution and manufacturing sector.

Sheridan’s CAPS department will continue to explore potential partnership opportunities over the coming year. “If you need training for your staff, come to us,” Hirji says. “We want to be your answer.”

Sheridan, Brampton Council and Brampton Library delegates at a launch event

Pictured from left to right at the Brampton Library announcement event: Brampton Library Board Chair Jaipaul Massey-Singh; Dr. Janet Morrison; Brampton Councillor Rowena Santos; Brampton Councillor Harkirat Singh; Brampton Library CEO Rebecca Raven. Photo: Alanna Fontaine.

"We want industry to tell us what they need, and then we help solve that problem."
- Nazlin Hirji, Executive Director, Continuing and Professional Studies