“We didn’t have a great turnout, but… we’re making strides with a late launch of recruiting that’s happening through Holland College. Sometimes those events are a little difficult to drag your numbers in,” she said. “There’s a need (in the IT sector), and by word of mouth and the support of industry we’re hoping to get the seats filled.”
The Summerside program received a boost from the federal government in February when the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) provided it with over $220,000 in funding. Mitton said money has been spent so far on equipment, as well as software and curriculum development. Unlike the college’s Charlottetown-based program, the Summerside CIS course will exclusively feature training geared toward the e-health sector. That means students in the second year of the program will be offered some optional e-health training courses, along with on-the-job-training with the businesses in the Holman Building.