Virtual Reality

Innovative program provides welding training for Aboriginal learners

Red Deer College has launched a program designed to offer Aboriginal learners the opportunity to develop the practical skills, knowledge, and experience needed for fulfilling careers in welding. The Virtual Reality and Cooperative Trades - The Next Geneartion program will benefit from partnerships with Montana First Nation and WorleyParsonsCord, as well as federal funding that will support students with both in-class and on-the-job training. "This program really is innovative in so many ways, as it's being offered in a unique, flexible format that allows the students to start training in their home communities," said RDC President Joel Ward. "The programming infuses cultural teachings and learning from the students' elders with technical and hands-on training, offered through virtual reality welding simulators."

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