Great Lakes Biodiesel (GLB) in Welland has partnered with Niagara
College's internship program to create opportunities for students
looking to gain valuable on the job experience in new and expanding
fields like renewable fuels.
The intent of creating the internship program is to establish a mutually
beneficial partnership within the community where students are provided
the opportunity to share their cutting edge knowledge in the
environmental and renewable fuels sector as well as round out their
skillset by gaining practical experience.
"We are currently in the third week of a 12 week internship with Niagara
College and are happy to report that we are seeing great success,"
states Brent Murdoch, GLB General Plant Manager. "The student that we
selected for the internship, Allyssa Addis, is working on reviewing
GLB's environmental procedures and will be providing her recommendations
to improve where possible any plant procedures."
Addis is enrolled in the Environmental Management and Assessment Program
and has her Environmental Technician - Field and Laboratory diploma from
Niagara College. In addition to reviewing environmental procedures,
Addis will also be reviewing additional environmntal regulations that
are in draft stages and working with GLB to proactively determine
potential compliance procedures to put in place.
Sandy Herkimer, Internship Coordinator, School of Environmental and
Horticultural Studies at Niagara College shares, "Many of our graduates
end up getting hired on with their internship employers to continue the
projects that they start on, or take on additional roles in the company
that they may have identified as being needed. We pride ourselves in
having over an 80% average of graduates in the past five years who are
employed in a related field within six months of their graduation. "
Murdoch adds, "GLB is proud to offer meaningful opportunities to
students that will expose them to real life projects and opportunities
that they likely would not have access to through their education alone.
It is our hope that through internship, students build invaluable skills
and experience making them more employable upon graduation."
Currently also in discussions with Brock University, GLB is looking to
create additional educational and knowledge transfer opportunities with
the chemistry program at Brock, which is part of the new Cairns Family
Health and Bioscience Research Complex.
A mandate of Brock's technology transfer office is to connect Niagara
and area businesses with Brock researchers who can assist with
developing research and design solutions for their organization. The
impending partnership with GLB will create knowledge transfer and
innovation opportunities for Brock students within the renewable energy
GLB is committed to working with local businesses and educational
institutions in Niagara and the surrounding area to continue to create a
strong, sustainable community.
About Great Lakes BiodieselGreat Lakes Biodiesel Inc. (GLB)
is located in Welland, Ontario. The GLB facility produces ASTM 6751
quality biodiesel made from vegetable oils and more specifically from
soybean and canola crops. The plant uses state of the art Desmet
Ballestra production equipment, which is in service in over 80 biodiesel
plants around the world. The final product is a clean-burning,
renewable, organic-based fuel that is blended into conventional diesel
fuel resulting in a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. For more
information please visit greatlakesbiodiesel.com.
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