Assiniboine Community College’s Prairie Innovation Centre is the recipient of a $500,000 gift from a locally based equipment chain.
Mazergroup, the largest New Holland dealership group in Canada, has 15 dealerships across Manitoba and southern Saskatchewan.
“Mazergroup continues to have a long history of co-operation with the college for training our people, so this funding commitment just feels right,” said Bob Mazer, president and CEO of Mazergroup, in a media release. “Assiniboine is a great school with great staff and facilities, and we are proud to be partners in working toward a better future in agriculture.”
The Prairie Innovation Centre will enable more unique work-integrated learning opportunities, applied research projects and industry innovation. The centre is Assiniboine’s vision for the future of agriculture in Manitoba, and will address industry and economic needs in this important sector.
“Our college has a critical role in ensuring there are people trained and ready to step into careers in the growing agriculture sector. The Prairie Innovation Centre will answer the call, arming agriculture in Manitoba with a skilled labour force,” said Mark Frison, president of Assiniboine.
“Industry support and partnership is key to advancing a project like this. Mazergroup is an important part of the agriculture industry and of the Westman community. I look forward to continuing to work with them toward common goals, and I thank them for this strong show of support.”