Sault College to open new Environment, Education and Entrepreneurship centre

Sault College

from Northern Ontario Business:

Sault College is making an $18.2-million investment into a new facility that will support new programs, applied research, and enterprise.

The Institute of Environment, Education and Entrepreneurship (iE3) will be built on campus and house programming in the natural environment, geographic information systems (GIS), and information and communications technology (ICT) sectors.

IE3 has been in the works for five years, and parcels of funding have been awarded from a number of parties.

The province provided the largest amount at $10.6 million, the federal government committed $5 million, the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund contributed $2 million, and the City of Sault Ste. Marie is putting in $400,000.

John Coccimiglio, Sault College’s manager of applied research and innovation, said the institute will help enhance the college’s offerings, both in programming and applied research.

“There’s a real synergy between the technologies,” he said. “That was the idea behind having these groups of people together, so that they can really benefit from their own specific knowledges, because oftentimes innovation happens at the interface between two disciplines.”

With the new facility will come new programs making use of new technology; in particular, there will be applications for drones, which are already in wide use in forestry applications and of ecological management functions.

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